UK’s death toll passes 20,000, global cases pass 2.8 million
Last month, Stephen Powis from the NHS was one of two health officials who said keeping the death toll below 20,000 would be a “good result.”
“We were emphasising that this was a once-in-a-century global health challenge,” Powis said when asked about the latest figures.
“Moving past 20,000 deaths just reminds everybody that it is still absolutely critical that we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines because we are seeing the benefits,” Powis said.
“This, unfortunately, is not going to be something we will get over in the next few weeks.
“This is not a sprint this will be a marathon in dealing with this virus.”
The UK has seen a decline in the number of people being hospitalised with coronavirus, particularly in London which has been hardest hit.
But there are signs Britons are growing weary of the five-week lockdown. Traffic movements through London have steadily increased and several major retailers have announced they are reopening.