LONDON (Reuters) – The UK reported a record daily COVID-19 infections on Tuesday as the country battles a surge in cases caused by a new variant of the coronavirus.
The United Kingdom recorded 36,804 new cases of coronavirus contamination and 691 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday in the past 24 hours, a marked increase from the previous day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his scientific advisers said on Saturday that a new variant of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70% more transmissible, was spreading rapidly in England, although it is not currently considered to be more dangerous.
UK authorities have put lockdowns in place in London, south-east England and Wales, while plans to ease Christmas restrictions across the country have been drastically or completely reduced abandoned.
This new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has also led a number of countries to temporarily close their borders with the United Kingdom.
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