United Kingdom records its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic


The React study shows that the prevalence of coronavirus across England increased by 50% between early December and the second week of January.

"Let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all who we lost", Biden said at Washington's National Mall reflecting pool, where lights were turned on as a memorial to those who have died.

The PHE also reported there were 33,355 new confirmed cases down from the 37,535 cases reported on Monday.

Data up to yesterday showed of the 5,437,284 jabs given in the United Kingdom so far, 4,973,248 were first doses - a rise of 363,508 on the previous day's figures.

Random swabbing of 142,000 people conducted by Imperial College between January 6-15 found "no evidence" of a decline in cases, and instead showed that 1.58 per cent of people in England were infected with Covid-19 in that 10-day spell - the equivalent of nearly 900,000 people.

Based on the latest figures, an average of 399,625 first doses of vaccine would be needed each day in order to meet the government's target of 15 million of the highest priority patients receive a jab by February 15 - on Tuesday the total was 343,163.

Eastern England is now recording a seven-day rate of 526.8, down from 763.5 and the lowest since December 20.

He added: "Our data are showing worrying suggestions of a recent uptick in infections which we will continue to monitor closely".

But Mr Johnson warned of "tough weeks to come" in the pandemic.

"Infections across England are at very high levels and this will keep having a knock-on effect on the already significant pressures faced by our NHS and hospitals".

"This means staying at home and only going out where absolutely necessary, reducing contact with others and maintaining social distancing".

"It is absolutely paramount that everyone plays their part to bring down infections".

Prime Minsiter Boris Johnson has been under criticism for not acting sooner, particularly regarding the new variant of the coronavirus.

A total of 363,508 first coronavirus vaccinations were administered yesterday, the highest daily figure to date. Biden leads tributes The US is by far the worst-hit nation with more than 400,000 deaths, and incoming Commander-in-Chief Biden focused on healing at a memorial for victims on the eve of his inauguration.

"America's withdrawal from the worldwide arena has impeded progress on the global response and left us more vulnerable to future pandemics", Zients said.



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