United Kingdom Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Deaths Since April

The British government reported 1,162 daily COVID-19 deaths on Jan. 7, the highest death toll since April.

The British government reported 1,162 daily COVID-19 deaths on Jan. 7, the highest death toll since April.

The latest number of daily deaths is the second-highest ever recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, coming in after the figure recorded last April 21 with 1,224 deaths.

It is the 11th time the number of daily deaths in the United Kingdom has surpassed 1,000. Last Jan. 6, the government recorded 1,041 daily deaths.

The total number of deaths is now at 78,508.

Meanwhile, the government has reported 52,613 new daily cases on Jan. 7, bringing the total to 2,889,419.

The figures come the same day as British Health Minister Matt Hancock said that England will not undergo another lockdown after the latest one. However, he also said that testing and vaccine programs will last until 2022.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that vaccines and testing will still be a feature next year,” Hancock told the health committee of the House of Commons.

“We will need both the surveillance testing to be able to understand where the virus is and we will need testing for people who have symptoms, in the same way that you get tested for all sorts of other things,” Hancock further said.

Hancock also said that there might be a need for re-vaccination every six to 12 months.

“I anticipate we will probably need to re-vaccinate because we don’t know the longevity of the protection from these vaccines. We don’t know how frequently it will be, but it might need to be every six months. It might need to be every year,” Hancock said.


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