UK records highest daily coronavirus-related death toll since March

Source: Xinhua| 2021-09-02 01:20:15|Editor: huaxia
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LONDON, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Britain reported another 207 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities recorded in one day since 231 were recorded on March 9, according to official figures released Wednesday.

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 132,742. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

Another 35,693 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,825,074, according to official figures released Wednesday.

The latest data came as vaccine passports could be needed for people to gain entry to nightclubs and large-scale events in Scotland.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said numbers of new infections are 80 percent higher than last week and five times higher than four weeks ago and described the situation as "extremely concerning."

Meanwhile, school leaders have expressed concerns about the potential impact on COVID cases of pupils returning to classrooms in England and Wales.

However, according to The Independent newspaper, the British government advisers are reportedly resisting recommending vaccinations for younger teenagers over fears it could pose problems for the booster campaign.

Experts from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are preparing to issue guidance on whether the British government will offer vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds, as some other countries have.

More than 88 percent of people aged 16 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and nearly 79 percent have received both doses, the latest figures showed.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines. Enditem