UK has Europe's 2nd-highest COVID-19 death toll, new figures show

More than 26,000 people had died across the United Kingdom after testing positive for COVID-19 as of April 28, Public Health England said. That means the United Kingdom has had more COVID-19 deaths than France or Spain have reported.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has come in for criticism from opposition parties for being too slow to impose a lockdown and too slow to introduce mass testing.

Although international comparisons are difficult, the new figures confirm Britain's place among the European countries hit hardest by the pandemic.

The government set itself a target to conduct 100,000 tests per day by the end of April. Raab said on Wednesday (April 29) the actual daily number of tests carried out the past 24 hours was 52,429.

Meanwhile England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer warned that there was a danger the virus would return in a second spike should lockdown measures be lifted too quickly.

Jonathan Van-Tam added that Germany was seeing a resurgence in cases and faced tough decisions after easing some of its lockdown measures.