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UK COVID-19 death toll rises by 118 to 36,793

Xinhua
25 May 2020, 04:42 GMT+10

People walk past a coffee shop in London, Britain, May 17, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that primary schools in England will partially reopen from June 1, including the reception, year one, and year six in primary schools.

LONDON, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Another 118 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 36,793, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Chairing Sunday's Downing Street daily press briefing, Johnson confirmed that primary schools in England will partially reopen from June 1, including the reception, year one, and year six in primary schools.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister's Questions in London, Britain, May 20, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

He added that he intends for secondary schools to provide "some contact" for year 10 and year 12 students to help them to prepare for exams next year from June 15.

"By opening schools to more pupils in this limited way we are taking a deliberate cautious step," he told reporters, noting that the government "wants to start getting our children back into the classroom in a way that is as manageable and as safe as possible."

Acknowledging that a June 1 opening may not be possible for all schools, Johnson said the government will continue to support and work with the sector.

Photo taken on May 22, 2020 shows a sign outside Trinity College, University of Cambridge, which is closed to visitors, in Cambridge, Britain. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

Responding to the reported "breach of lockdown measures" of his top adviser Dominic Cummings, Johnson said Cummings acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity."

As to the vaccine development, Johnson said he wants to see a "much more international approach" to the coronavirus pandemic and a vaccine will be developed "all the faster if we collaborate across countries." ■

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