Another grim day for the UK as it records highest daily Covid-19 deaths since April

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The UK has recorded its highest daily death toll since April.
The UK has recorded its highest daily death toll since April.
Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 1 000 Covid-19 daily deaths for the first time since April as the government struggles to deal with a new, more infectious variant of the coronavirus.

The four nations of the United Kingdom recorded 1 041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus on Wednesday and a further 62 322 new Covid-19 cases, according to official data.

The figures were another stark reminder of the severity of the crisis as England and Scotland started new Covid-19 lockdowns this week, with citizens under orders to stay at home.

Tuesday’s data had shown 60 916 new coronavirus infections and 830 deaths. Britain has been among the countries worst-hit by Covid-19, with the highest death toll in Europe.

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