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UK says virus-related deaths rise to 48,000


first_imgSome younger children returned to school in England on Monday while some shops were allowed to reopen.However, some critics say the government is moving too quickly while infection rates and deaths remain high. Separately, England’s public health agency on Tuesday published a new report confirming previous evidence that the outbreak is hitting ethnic minorities the hardest.People of Bangladeshi origin had around twice the risk of dying than white British people, even accounting for age, sex, deprivation and region — although not accounting for comorbidities, occupation or obesity.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said coronavirus had “emphasized the existing health inequalities in the country”, and promised further work on the issue.He said the report was timely given global protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States, adding: “Black lives matter.”And I want to say this to everyone who works in the National Health Service and in social care: I value the contribution that you make, everybody equally.”And I want to say it right across society too. I want to thank you.” Topics : The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,000, official data showed Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures tallied all fatalities in which COVID-19 was suspected or mentioned on death certificates up to May 22.The total of 48,106 is significantly higher than the government’s latest daily figure of 39,369, which only includes deaths where the patient tested positive for coronavirus.center_img By either measure, the toll is Europe’s worst and puts Britain behind only the United States in officially announced deaths, although each country has different reporting lags and methods. The data also showed there had been 56,308 more deaths in England and Wales than the five-year average since the outbreak took hold in March.But in the week ending May 22, there were 2,589 mentions of “novel coronavirus” on death certificates in England and Wales — the lowest since the seven days to March 27.Britain is one of the last European countries to start easing its stay-at-home restrictions, which were imposed on March 23.last_img read more


Pirate Parrot, Phillie Phanatic Prep For ‘1-4-3 Day’ With Video


first_imgPirate Parrot, Phillie Phanatic Prep For ‘1-4-3 Day’ With Video May 21, 2019 Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Pirate Parrot and Phillie Phanatic joined Governor Tom Wolf in celebrating the release of a video encouraging acts of kindness for “1-4-3 Day,” which is set for Thursday, the 143rd day of 2019. The video shows both mascots engaging in acts of kindness in honor of Fred Rogers, who used 1-4-3 to represent the number of letters in “I love you.”“I commend the Pirate Parrot and Phillie Phanatic for taking the time to help others, which as they show can be simple as holding the door or sharing a cup of coffee with someone,” said Gov. Wolf. “I encourage all Pennsylvanians to embody the kindhearted spirit of Fred Rogers on Thursday. A little kindness goes a long way.”The governor signed a resolution declaring May 23, 2019, 1-4-3 Day in honor of Fred Rogers, best known for his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. A variety of businesses, organizations and individuals will be participating in acts of kindness to honor Rogers.Anyone seeking ideas for spreading kindness can visit pa.gov/143-day to use a kindness generator, which includes simple but impactful ways to brighten someone’s day. The website will also include a kindness tracker, which will tally the number of good deeds shared on Twitter using the hashtag #143DayinPA. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to share their participation by joining the official Facebook event.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more