UK hit by most daily COVID deaths in 4 months

The United Kingdom records its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the Delta variant and lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Government figures show 96 new COVID-related deaths, the highest daily total since March 24. The UK also records 46,558 confirmed cases. The numbers on Tuesday have traditionally been higher because of a weekend reporting lag.

The increase in deaths comes a day after the British government ended lockdown restrictions in England, including on social distancing and mask-wearing. Critics warn it will lead to further spread of the coronavirus and potential deaths in the coming weeks.

Britain’s confirmed COVID-related death toll stands at 128,823, the seventh highest in the world.

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