A street in the heart of Manchester in northwest England is deserted on the first day of a second coronavirus lockdown on Nov. 5, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua-Yonhap News)
Britain has become the first European country to top 50,000 coronavirus deaths.
Worldwide, only the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more fatalties.
The BBC's Hugh Pym reports.
The death toll of just over 50,000 covers those who have died within 28 days of a positive test.
On international comparisons, the U.K. has one of the highest COVID death totals among developed economies relative to the population.
Belgium, Spain and Brazil are among those which are higher.
But the U.K. is ahead of the U.S., France and Germany.
Case numbers and hospital admissions seem to be leveling off.
Deaths are a lagging indicator, reflecting infections two or more weeks ago.
But today's figure is a sobering indicator of the reality of COVID-19.
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