Britain records 1,325 Covid-19 deaths within 28 days

With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rushing out vaccines faster than the country's European neighbours in a bid to stem the pandemic.

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The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily death toll on Friday since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as London declared a major incident, warning that its hospitals were at risk of being overwhelmed.

With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rushing out vaccines faster than the country’s European neighbours in a bid to stem the pandemic. Britain has the world’s fifth-highest official death toll from COVID-19 at nearly 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed the previous daily record from last April.

“Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates across the entire country continue to soar at an alarming rate,” Johnson said in a statement.

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