May 13, 2020 / 11:58 AM / 17 days ago

UK PM Johnson says 275 health and social care workers have died from COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a mural depicting a nurse wearing a protective mask in Shoreditch, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the deaths of 144 health care workers and 131 social care workers had been reported as involving COVID-19.

The United Kingdom’s total COVID-19 death toll now exceeds 40,000, by far the worst yet reported in Europe.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Alistair Smout

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