UK experienced the day with the highest number of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic with 569 deaths recorded in 24 hours.
According to the latest announcement from the British health agency on April 2, a total of 2,921 people died in the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK as of April 1
The day before, the UK had recorded 563 deaths within 24 hours.
As of 9 am April 2, 163,194 people were tested for virus in the UK, of which 33,718 were found positive, an increase of 4,244.
The British government has been criticized for not testing more health workers. Thousands of doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers are at home quarantined while they can work if tested.
According to the Guardian , these figures also show that the UK will only be like a few weeks away from Italy, the country most heavily damaged in Europe. Italy has recorded more than 13,000 deaths from coronavirus. Spain, meanwhile, surpassed the 10,000-person mark on April 2 and more than 4,000 died in France.
British Prime Minister Johnson, who is still quarantining himself after being infected with Covid-19, acknowledged that mass testing could be the only way to “address the pandemic” in a video message on Wednesday evening.
Italy reports 760 deaths from the coronavirus
Italy on April 2 recorded an additional 760 deaths from coronavirus infection, bringing the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 of the country to 13,915 cases, according to the Guardian . The growth rate of new cases was recorded slower than yesterday.
On April 2, more than 2,477 new cases were recorded, an increase of about 3%. This is much lower than the 15% daily increase in the early stages of the epidemic here.
The rate of spread has also slowed in Italy’s Lombardy region, the region hardest hit by Covid-19. The region recorded 1,292 new infections on April 2, less than 1,565 reported on April 1.
The Italian government on April 1 continued extending the measure until April 13.
“When these numbers stabilize, we will start programming to gradually relax the restrictive measures,” Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, told the people. “I can’t tell you when that will happen.”
The president of Iran‘s parliament was positive for coronavirus
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani tested positive for Covid-19, the national broadcaster reported on March 2.
Mr. Larijani was tested for coronavirus after showing some symptoms and the result was positive. He is currently isolated and treated, according to Iranian state television.
The 62 year old politician became one of the top Iranian officials infected.
Iran is trying to control the spread of the coronavirus since the first case was reported in the country on February 19.
On April 2, the country announced 124 deaths due to the coronavirus, increasing the total number of deaths in the country to 3,160 with more than 50,000 infections.
The announcement came amid President Hassan Rouhani warned in a cabinet meeting that the country could have to fight the pandemic for another year.
“The coronavirus is not something we can point to a certain day and say we will completely eradicate the disease,” President Rouhani said.
The Iranian leader added that the virus could chase the country in the coming months, or could follow the end of the current year according to Iran’s Persian calendar, in March 2021.
Coronavirus has attacked many lawmakers and other officials in Iran. Before the latest case recorded by Mr. Larijani, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, Chairman of the Iranian National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Security Affairs Committee Mojtaba Zolnour, Senator Mahmoud Sadeghi and Deputy Minister of Health Iraj Harirchi also tested positive for virus.
Rabbi Hadi Khosroshahi of Qom City, a former Iranian ambassador to the Vatican after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, died after becoming infected with Covid-19.
At least 23 of the 290 members of the Iranian legislature have tested positive for coronavirus so far, according to the news agency IRNA.
Covid-19 also killed at least 12 Iranian government officials, including those who were working and were on leave.