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BreakingUK is second nation to report more than 40,000 deaths

The UK has become only the second country to report more than 40,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the latest government figures.

A total of 40,261 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the virus, up 357 from Thursday.

Only the US, with more than 108,000 deaths, has recorded a greater loss of life in the pandemic so far.

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Planned protests a real risk to life, says first minister

A man shouts during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in London
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Nicola Sturgeon has urged people not to gather for mass protests against racism over the weekend because of the coronavirus crisis.

Demonstrations have been planned across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

The first minister said coming together in mass gatherings was "simply not safe" and "poses a real risk to life" as she suggested people should instead find safer ways of making their voices heard.

A protest due to be held in Glasgow's George Square on Sunday has now been moved to Glasgow Green, where organisers say it will be easier to maintain social distancing.

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'Common sense' policing at Scottish anti-racism protests

Protestors in London earlier this week
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Scotland's justice secretary has said policing of anti-racism protests in Scotland this weekend will be "proportionate".

Demonstrations have been planned across the country this weekend in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

Despite urging people not to break coronavirus lockdown rules to attend, Humza Yousaf said police would allow the rallies to go ahead.

He said they would be policed with "common sense".

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