Britain reports record 1,610 daily COVID-19 deaths
LONDON: Britain reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday with 1,610 people dying within 28 days of positive coronavirus test, exceeding the previous peak set last week.
The number rose sharply from the 599 deaths reported in Monday’s official figures. There is often a delay in reporting new deaths after the weekend.
33,355 new cases were recorded, compared to the 37,535 reported on Monday.
England and Scotland announced new national exclusions on 4 January in an attempt to stem an increase in cases following the discovery of a more transmissible British variant of the coronavirus late last year.
The exclusion resulted in new cases falling from an average seven-day high of about 60,000 new daily cases on January 7, although health officials warned that the number of deaths would rise even if the reported cases began to fall.
“Although there are early signs that our sacrifices are working, we still need to follow the measures,” said Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England.
“By reducing our contacts and staying at home, we will see a decrease in the number of infections over time.”
Government figures show that 4,266,577 people received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The UK hopes to vaccinate 15 million high-risk people by mid-February.