Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths highest in Europe as prof Neil Ferguson resigns after ‘breaking lockdown rules’

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THE UK now officially has the most coronavirus fatalities in Europe – but fears remain that the latest figures may be even higher.

Over  6,000 people have died in care homes across England and Wales – meaning that almost a third of all deaths from Covid-19 have been in care homes.

12 different strains of the deadly virus have now been found in Britain, with one unique to the UK.

It was announced that coronavirus scientist Prof Neil Ferguson resigned after ‘breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover’.

The latest death toll as of Tuesday stands at 29,427 people with UK now having the second highest death toll in the world behind the US.

Brits were given hope that an end to lockdown was near after it emerged that two of the Government’s five tests for easing restrictions have been passed.

The nation is now waiting with baited breath for an announcement on lockdown restrictions, which are set to be reviewed on May 7.

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