LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the deaths of 144 health care workers and 131 social care workers had been reported as involving COVID-19.

The United Kingdom’s total COVID-19 death toll now exceeds 40,000, by far the worst yet reported in Europe.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Alistair Smout)