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4 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

UK not past peak of coronavirus, says EU agency

By Samuel Horti

The head of the European Union’s disease prevention and control agency says the UK is yet to see a “substantial change” in its coronavirus case load, contradicting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim the country is “past the peak”.

Dr Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, told a European parliamentary committee that Bulgaria was the only European country in which infections were rising. 

“There are four countries where we see no substantial changes in the last 14 days: Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the UK,” she said. “All the others we really see this substantial decrease.”

She added the agency had “low confidence” the death statistics collected by European governments, including in the UK, are complete.

Last week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was concerned by Johnson’s assertion that the UK was past the peak of the virus.

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