UK records 50,023 new COVID-19 cases, 981 deaths
The UK recorded 981 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday, the highest number since April 24.
The number of new cases was 50,023, slightly down on Tuesday’s 53,135, according to government data. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,432,888.
The UK has approved a new Covid-19 vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca as millions more people were plunged into the toughest Tier 4 lockdown restrictions, Huffington Post reported.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said the vaccine is a “great British success story” and 530,000 of doses will be available for rollout from Monday.
According to the Department of Health, between December 18 and 24, the weekly Covid-19 case rate in England rose to 402.6 per 100,000, a 32% increase on the previous week.