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Britain’s coronavirus toll soars with daily record of 563 deaths

Britain's deaths linked to the novel coronavirus continued to soar, with a new daily record 563 deaths reported on Wednesday, taking the country's total deaths to 2,352.

Britain’s deaths linked to the novel coronavirus continued to soar, with a new daily record 563 deaths reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s total deaths to 2,352.

The health ministry said the total number of confirmed infections rose to nearly 30,000 from 153,000 people tested, but government experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of people are probably infected.

Health experts continued to question Britain’s low rate of testing compared with most other European nations, after cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday that the government “must go further and faster” in its testing programme.

Gove said the shortage of a chemical reagent was one factor behind the slow increase in testing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is infected with the coronavirus and self-isolating, has ordered everyone to stay at home except for trips for food shopping, medical needs or one form of exercise per day.

Retail market analysts Kantar reported on Tuesday that British supermarket sales had soared by nearly 21 per cent in March, amid panic-buying and apparent hoarding by consumers.

In Mogadishu, reports said former Somali prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein, also known as Nur Adde, had died in London after contracting Covid-19.

Hussein’s son, Haji Mohamed Nur Adde, reported the news of his death to broadcaster Radio Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Hussein came to power as premier in November 2007, but was fired by then-president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in December 2008 after months of political infighting.

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