April 29, 2020 / 4:54 PM / a month ago

Britain has similar per capita COVID-19 death number to other European countries - health official

Public Health England's (PHE) Medical Director Yvonne Doyle speaks during a daily news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 20, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has a similar per capita number of deaths from COVID-19 to other European countries, the medical director of Public Health England Yvonne Doyle said on Wednesday.

Doyle had just presented figures showing that the United Kingdom now has Europe’s second-highest official death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The cumulative death number per million population. This shows a very different pattern... we are now tracking much more along our European neighbours,” Yvonne Doyle said, referring to totals for Italy, Spain and France on a graph comparing per capita deaths from COVID-19 in different countries.

Reporting by David Milliken and Paul Sandle; writing by Alistair Smout, editing by William James

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