UK sees biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases

LONDON

British health authorities on Thursday reported 964 new deaths from the new coronavirus and a record 55,892 new infections.

The total death toll has reached 73,512 in the country, where more than 50,000 daily cases have been observed in recent days.

The number of people who tested positive last week rose 24.3% to 299,352 with the latest figures. The daily average of new cases is over 40,000.

Reported positive cases have increased since last week, especially after reports of at least two new variants, as the first new variant is believed to spread 70% faster than the original virus.

The staggering numbers came on the last day of the year amid reports of approval of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine by the local regulator earlier in the week.

The biggest increase in the number of cases in one day in the UK came as an additional 20 million people were placed under the strictest Level 4.

The UK public has been urged to celebrate New Years Eve at home as domestic mixing below level 4 is limited.

In a statement, the London Metropolitan Police also warned travelers against holding illegal parties on Thursday evening.

The UK has the worst death toll in Europe.

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