British health services recorded no additional deaths from the coronavirus in 24 hours on Tuesday, a first since July 30, as the United Kingdom worries about the rise in cases linked to the Delta variant.
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Check-ups at the start of the week are often unusually low after the weekend due to delays in registering cases (Monday was a public holiday).
This decrease in the number of deaths is nevertheless good symbolic news for the most bereaved country in Europe, with almost 128,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
This is the result of a long confinement and a massive vaccination campaign started in December, which made it possible to administer a first dose to more than 39 million people (74.9% of the adult population) and a second at over 25 million (48.9% of adults).
Despite this encouraging figure, the United Kingdom counted 3,165 additional cases of contamination on Tuesday (almost 4.5 million in total) according to the latest official report, a daily report that has increased compared to previous weeks.
After a long and strict winter confinement, this country has experienced a health improvement that has allowed it to ease restrictions, but it is currently facing an increase in the number of cases, largely attributed to the spread of the Delta variant, initially appeared in India.
In recent days, pressure has increased on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to slow down deconfinement, compromising the lifting of the last restrictions, initially scheduled for June 21.
Some scientists warn of a potential third wave in the UK.
“We will continue to assess and monitor the data on a daily basis,” a Downing Street spokesperson promised Tuesday, recalling that Mr Johnson would speak on the subject next week.
According to the latest data released Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics, the rate of contamination remains “low” in the United Kingdom, despite signs of increase.
In England, the ONS estimated as of May 22 at 48,500 the number of people affected by the virus, or one in 1,120.