UK records highest daily Covid-19 death toll since March


The United Kingdom reported 146 new deaths on Tuesday which is the highest daily total since March 12, as the impact of last month’s surge in cases fed through into fatalities.

According to the UK government, the latest figures is for persons who died within 28 days of testing positive to the infection bringing the country’s fatality toll to 130,503 since the start of the pandemic.

However, deaths and hospital admissions have been much lower after the most recent wave of cases than before.

The number of new cases reported on Tuesday fell to 23,510 from 25,161 on Monday, less than half the peak of 54,674 recorded on July 17, shortly before most social distancing measures were removed in England.

But coronavirus cases have begun to creep up again, with 196,047 Britons infected with Covid-19 in the past week, 7% more than the week before and the highest rolling seven-day total this month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government went ahead with easing Covid-19 restrictions in England due to the broad roll-out of vaccinations which he said had largely broken the link between infections and subsequent hospitalization and death.

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