The number of new daily cases in the United Kingdom has surpassed 60,000 for the first time, the highest daily figure since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom has surpassed 60,000 for the first time, the highest daily figure since the beginning of the pandemic.
The U.K. on Jan. 5 has recorded 60,916 new daily COVID-10 cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 2,774,479, according to government data.
Since Dec. 29, the number of new daily cases has remained above 50,000.
According to the estimates of the government, one in 50 people in private homes in England contracted COVID-19 last week and one in 30 in London.
“We’re now into a situation where across the country as a whole, roughly one in 50 people have got the virus, higher in some parts of the country, lower in others,” Chief Medical Adviser Professor Chris Witty said, citing the random sampling data from the Office of National Statistics.
Furthermore, data from the National Health Services England showed that the number of hospital admissions of people with COVID-19 in England has reached another record high.
According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference on Jan. 5, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals increased by 40% since the first peak of the pandemic.
The government also recorded 830 new daily deaths within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.
Th figures came soon after England and Scotland imposed strict lockdowns in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
Johnson said that the restrictions in England may last until the middle of February. However, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said that they may last until March.