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Another 428 patients die in UK, Italy's death toll at 31,368
Last Updated: 2020-05-15 03:30 | Xinhua
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The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in European countries.

LONDON -- Another 428 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 33,614, the Department of Health and Social Care said Thursday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

As of Thursday morning, 233,151 have tested positive for the virus in Britain, said the department.

ROME -- A further 262 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours in Italy, bringing the country's death toll to 31,368, out of total infection cases of 223,096, according to fresh figures on Thursday.

The number of recoveries rose to 115,288, with an increase of 2,747 compared to Wednesday. Nationwide, the number of active infections fell by 2,017 to 76,440, according to the Civil Protection Department.

Of those who tested positive for the coronavirus, 855 are being treated in intensive care, a decrease of 38 compared to Wednesday, and 11,453 people are hospitalized with symptoms, a decrease of 719 over the past 24 hours.

PARIS -- France on Thursday reported 351 new coronavirus-related deaths, a significant increase over the 83 fatalities registered a day earlier, while the number of patients hospitalized or admitted to intensive care units continued to decline, figures released by the Health Ministry showed.

Since March 1, 27,425 people have died from respiratory failure. More than a third of these fatalities (10,201) occurred in retirement homes. Currently 20,463 people are hospitalized with coronavirus infection, 608 less than on Wednesday. The number of patients in intensive care decreased by 129 to 2,299.

A total of 141,356 people have tested positive for the coronavirus to date, including 622 new infections confirmed in the last 24 hours. The number of patients who recovered stood at 59,605.

LISBON -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on Thursday that his country's gradual reopening has not led to an increase in coronavirus cases.

He made this assessment during his meeting with experts and policymakers, who analyzed the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal.

This was the first such meeting after the end of the state of emergency and the reopening of certain sectors of the economy on May 4.

(Editor:Fu Bo)

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Another 428 patients die in UK, Italy's death toll at 31,368
Source:Xinhua | 2020-05-15 03:30
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