UK’s Covid19 – coronavirus death toll rises to 32,692

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A total of 32,692 people who tested positive for the new coronavirus have died in the United Kingdom, a rise of 627 in a 24-hour period, the country’s health ministry said on Tuesday.

The data came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a gradual plan to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings – though his attempt to lift the coronavirus lockdown prompted confusion.

The leaders of the devolved nations – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – said that the advice given by Johnson only applied to England, telling people to continue to stay at home.

Such a high U.K. death toll increases the pressure on Johnson. Opposition parties say he was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to introduce mass testing and too slow to get enough protective equipment to hospitals.

The data painted a grim picture in care homes, which have been especially hard hit by the virus.

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