Another 148 people die from coronavirus, bringing the death toll in the UK to 44,798

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Figures cover deaths in all settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Another 148 people died after being tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the death toll in the UK to 44,798.

The new figure, released today by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, covers deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

A total of 288,953 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 across the country since the start of the pandemic, with 820 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.

This occurs as tourists from all over the UK have started to go on summer vacation following the lifting of quarantine restrictions. Residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return from a list of 73 approved countries.

A staff temperature visitor at the entrance to Chessington World of Adventures (Photo: AFP via Getty)

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The British have been told to expect “90% normalcy” when they go on vacation, despite the pandemic that continues to boom.

TUI, the largest British tour operator, operates a limited number of flights and vacations to the Spanish destinations of Ibiza, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife. Vacationers can also visit Italy, France and Germany – but not Portugal or the United States.

However, a YouGov survey suggested that those living in Europe prefer tourists visited from other countries than the United Kingdom.

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Elsewhere, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that the government could make wearing face cover in stores in England mandatory.

Speaking in an online question-and-answer session with members of the public yesterday afternoon, he said: “The balance of scientific opinion seems to have shifted more in their favor than it does. was. We are very eager to follow this.

“I want to return to a world where the British can shake hands – that’s what we’re aiming for.

“But for face covers, we increasingly think that we have to be very pushy in confined spaces, where you meet people with whom you don’t normally come into contact – transport, shops – wear a face cover .

Face covers are currently required in public transport and in hospitals in England, while people are legally required to wear them in shops and on public transport in Scotland.

Number 10 is supposed to look into the matter.

Image under license from Parsons Media. 07/10/2020. London, UK. Boris Johnson visits his constituency. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a facial mask during the Coronavirus during a campaign in his riding of Uxbridge. Photo by Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media

Boris Johnson wearing a face mask during a campaign in his riding of Uxbridge (Photo: Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media)

Johnson also suggested that people in the UK should start going back to work, urging them to live their lives “more normally”.

This is a major change from official government guidelines on coronaviruses, which state that people should “stay home as much as possible” and “work from home if you can.”

He said, “I think everyone somehow took the ‘stay home if you can’ – I think we should now say, well, ‘go back to work if you can’.

“Because I think it is very important that people try to lead their lives more normally.

“I want to see more people feeling confident to use the shops, restaurants and get back to work – but only if we follow all the advice.”

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