The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United Kingdom has now reached 138,852. These statistics only include people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
Another 43,738 people in the United Kingdom tested positive for COVID-19 on the seventh consecutive day, as the country recorded more than 40,000 COVID cases. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 8,541,192.
COVID-19 is currently affecting 7,749 patients in hospitals.
The latest figures come after the country reported 49,156 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the highest daily increase since lockdown rules were lifted in England three months ago.
The official spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Downing Street was keeping a “very close watch” on the latest statistics, but that case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths were “still broadly in line with” government modelling, despite the fact that Britain has lifted most COVID restrictions.
The “very rapid rise” in the number of cases in the country, according to Adam Finn, a professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), is a “reflection of how people are behaving.”
“Nobody” appears to be wearing masks inside any longer, and he doubts that many people are performing the required lateral flow tests, he told Sky News.
According to the most recent figures, approximately 86 percent of people aged 12 and over in the United Kingdom have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 78 percent have received both doses.
To restore normalcy, countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Russia, and the United States have been racing against the clock to distribute coronavirus vaccines.