The UK reached the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths. The news contrasted the positive news about the effectiveness of a potential vaccine.
The death toll is higher than the other worst-affected countries in Europe and the number of people killed by coronavirus is only higher in the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, when reacting to the news, said that Britain is “not out of the woods yet” even as Pfizer this week announced that early data showed its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective.
“Every death is a tragedy and we mourn everybody who’s gone,” Johnson said.