UK death tally up to 35,704 as Govt promises ‘world-best’ track-and-trace system

A mother and her child (L) play in the sand on the banks of the River Thames in London, Britain, 20 May 2020. . EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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The number of deaths in the United Kingdom has reached 35,704 after 363 people perished in the past 24 hours.

A massive 177,216 tests were carried out, taking the country’s total to just under 2 million. 248,293 tested persons positive. 2,472 new infections were identified during the past 24 hour period.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier today that a programme to track and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by the beginning of June..

He said the government would have recruited 25,000 trackers by the start of next month, capable of tracing 10,000 new cases a day, when the overall number of daily tests would have reached 200,000.

“We have growing confidence that we will have a test, track and test operation that will be world-beating and yes it will be in place by June 1,” Johnson told parliament in exchanges with Labour leader Keir Starmer.

He initially told Starmer that he was confident it would be in place by that date if other conditions were satisfied and it was “entirely provisional”.

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