UK ‘past the peak’ of the coronavirus outbreak

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks and takes questions during a press conference in Downing Street regarding the coronavirus outbreak, on March 9, 2020. in London, England.

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Britain has officially passed the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday.

“I can confirm today that for the first time we are past the peak of this disease,” Johnson said in his first appearance at the government’s daily briefing since returning to work after falling ill with Covid-19.

“We’re past the peak and we’re on the downward slope.”

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