Shoppers queue outside Primark store in Oxford Street as it reopens in London, Britain on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)
-- UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 42,589 as another 128 patients die;
-- Coronavirus spreads to another mink farm in Denmark as dog found infected;
-- Italy records 262 new COVID-19 infections.
BRUSSELS, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in European countries.
LONDON -- Another 128 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 42,589, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.
The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
As of Saturday morning, 303,110 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 1,295, according to the department.
Passengers are seen at Berlin Central Train Station in Berlin, capital of Germany, June 15, 2020. (Photo by Binh Truong/Xinhua)
COPENHAGEN -- A dog in Denmark was found contracting COVID-19 as the authorities detected COVID-19 in two North Jutland mink herds in one week, said the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food on Saturday in a press release.
The dog belongs to the owner of a North Jutland farm where COVID-19 has recently been found in two minks among samples from 46 minks there.
"The farm owner and the dog must avoid close contact with other animals and people outside the household and pay attention to good hygiene," said Mogens Jensen, Minister for Food, Fisheries and Equal Opportunities, in the press release.
Earlier on Thursday, a herd of 11,000 minks in a farm in North Jutland, the west of Denmark, was culled as a precautionary measure after some were identified as infected with COVID-19.
A cyclist crosses the border from Italy to Menton, southern France, on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Serge Haouzi/Xinhua)
ROME -- The number of new infections from the novel coronavirus in Italy was 262, up from 251 reported on Friday but down from Thursday's 333, Italy's Civil Protection Department said on Saturday.
The total active infections decreased to 21,212 over the past 24 hours.
A total of 182,453 patients have recovered, up by 546 people compared to Friday. Forty-nine patients have lost their lives, bringing the overall death toll to 34,610.
The overall number of COVID-19 infections, fatalities and recoveries rose to 238,275 over the past 24 hours, against a total of 238,011 cases on Friday, the Civil Protection Department said.
People practice yoga on a beach during the COVID-19 pandemic in Barcelona, Spain, on June 19, 2020. (City Hall of Barcelona/Handout via Xinhua)
MADRID -- The Spanish Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed seven new deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 28,322. Meanwhile, 134 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, taking the tally to 245,938.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told the country in a televised speech on the eve of lifting its State of Alarm that "Now it's time for recovery."
Spain will enter on Sunday what Sanchez calls the "new normality", with visitor arrivals from the European Union countries and Schengen regions no longer required to undergo two-week quarantine, while travel between Spain's 17 Autonomous Communities is resumed.■