Coronavirus: death toll in Belgium exceeds 10,000, UK beats new daily record of cases

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Belgium, one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, has seen the death toll from COVID-19 pass the 10,000 mark, according to the latest figures.The densely populated country of about 11.5 million people recorded 10,001 deaths on Wednesday, up 13 in 24 hours, and 117,115 positive cases in total against 115,353 the day before, according to the Sciensano public health institute. .

In terms of coronavirus-related deaths, Belgium has the highest death rate of any country in Europe – and third in the world – with 87.44 deaths per 100,000 population as of September 29, according to Johns Hopkins University .

Spain was second with 67.33 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The UK, which has recorded more than 42,000 deaths, rounded out the top three with 63.30 deaths per 100,000 people.

Since the start of the pandemic seven months ago, the Belgian authorities have opted for a large census on how deaths were recorded, adding those that occurred in hospitals and retirement homes.

Also included are deaths possibly related to the virus that have not necessarily been confirmed by testing.

At the height of the pandemic in April, Belgium had recorded more than 250 deaths per day over a 10-day period, with a record 321 on April 8, according to figures from Sciensano.

The 5,000 mark was crossed on April 17th.

Meanwhile, the UK on Tuesday broke its own record for the highest daily number of coronavirus infections with 7,143 new cases reported in 24 hours.

It also recorded 71 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest daily jump since July 1.

In Wales, four other councils have imposed tighter restrictions, putting more than half a million people in the north of the country under local lockdown.

Travel to Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham will be restricted except for work or education from 7 p.m. CEST on Thursday, joining 12 other local South Wales authorities already back under lockdown conditions.

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