UK’s ‘tsunami’ of grief as coronavirus deaths pass 100,000

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The U.K. has become the first country in Europe to pass 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths. With more than 2 million dead worldwide, people the world over are mourning loved ones, but the U.K.’s toll weighs particularly heavily: It is the smallest nation to pass the grim milestone. For comparison, the United States, with five times Britain’s population, has four times the number of deaths. Alongside excess deaths comes excess grief, made even more acute by the social distancing measures in place to slow the virus’s spread. Charities and campaigning groups are urging the government to offer more help to deal with this “tsunami” of grief.last_img read more

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the Vermont Democrat was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after not feeling well and later sent home following an examination. The 80-year-old senator had begun presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier in the day. Leahy spokesman David Carle says the senator went to George Washington University Hospital “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician. Carle says Leahy looks forward to returning to work. Leahy swore in his fellow lawmakers for the trial, which will begin next month.last_img read more