April 25, 2020 / 4:02 PM / a month ago

'A very sad day' as Britain passes milestone of 20,000 deaths - Powis

FILE PHOTO: NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis speaks at the daily COVID-19 news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 18, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Breaching the milestone of 20,000 deaths in Britain from the coronavirus outbreak is a “very sad day for the nation”, Stephen Powis, the medical director of the National Health Service in England, said on Saturday.

“It’s a very sad day for the nation, 20,000 deaths is clearly 20,000 too many,” Powis told a news conference.

Last month, he had said Britain would have done well if it came through the coronavirus crisis with fewer than 20,000 deaths.

Reporting by Sarah Young, writing by Elizabeth Piper

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