UK records highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began
The UK has reported a daily record of over 7000 new coronavirus infections as pressure grows on the government, with some demanding loosening and others tightening of physical-distancing rules.
The country has reported 450,000 coronavirus infections since March.
It reported 7143 recent cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and the official death
toll linked to COVID-19 rose by 71 for over 42,000, the highest in Europe.
The global coronavirus death toll has now passed one million
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
announced tighter distancing rules last week after a surge in coronavirus infections across the UK this month.
Britain’s daily number of tests has exploded to almost 200,000 while they have imposed local
measures in sizeable areas of northern England and parts of Scotland and Wales.
Pressure has intensified on Mr Johnson from MPs in his Conservative party to loosen the restrictions and allow parliament to vote on the legislation underpinning them.
But opposition MPs and many health experts are pressing him to take stronger action to curb the renewed spread of the virus.
They schedule Parliament to debate the government’s coronavirus legislation on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson provided more ammunition for critics on Tuesday when he was asked to clear up confusion about local lockdown rules in northeastern England.
Mr Johnson was unable to explain how the rules apply to indoor and outdoor settings.
“Apologies, I misspoke today,” he tweeted later.
“In the North East, new rules mean you cannot meet people from different
households in social settings indoors, including in pubs, restaurants, and your home,” Johnson wrote.
“You should also avoid socialising with other households outside.”
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