UK records highest daily Covid-related death toll since March


Another 26,852 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,322,241…reports Asian Lite News.

Britain reported another 170 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities recorded in one day since March 12, according to official figures released Tuesday.

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 131,149. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 26,852 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,322,241.

The latest data came as Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the use of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for the 12 to 17-year-olds.

“I am pleased to confirm that the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna has now been authorized in 12-17 year olds. The vaccine is safe and effective in this age group,” said June Raine, MHRA Chief Executive in a statement.

“It is for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to advise on whether this age group should be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna as part of the deployment program,” said Raine.

Nearly 90 per cent of the adults in Britain have received a Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 77 per cent have had the second jab, according to the latest figures.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 207.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.37 million and vaccinations soared to over 4.70 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and vaccination tally stood at 207,798,567, 4,370,447 and 4,703,578,751, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 36,884,777 and 622,292, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 32,225,513 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (20,378,570), Russia (6,531,585), France (6,476,855), the UK (6,325,515), Turkey (6,096,786), Argentina (5,088,271), Colombia (4,870,922), Spain (4,719,266), Italy (4,444,338), Iran (4,467,015), Indonesia (3,871,738), Germany (3,831,827) and Mexico (3,101,266), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 569,492 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (431,642), Mexico (248,167), Peru (197,393), Russia (168,384), the UK (131,296), Italy (128,456), Colombia (123,580), Indonesia (118,833), France (112,787) and Argentina (109,105).

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