UK records 9,000 Covid-19 cases, highest since February

UMMATIMES - Britain recorded more than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and became the highest total since February on Wednesday (16/6). Yet more than 42 million people have received the first dose of vaccine and more than 30 million the second dose.

Government data showed Britain recorded 9,055 new infections, the highest figure since February 25 with 9,985 cases reported. The latest figures bring the total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic to more than 4.5 million cases of Covid-19. There was an additional death toll due to Covid-19, amounting to nine deaths, bringing the total death toll to 127,926.

The new report also prompted lawmakers to vote to extend Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday (16/6). The restrictions continued until July 19 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the previously proposed date of June 21 should be postponed by four weeks due to rising cases of the Delta variant. After a debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers backed the move by 461 votes to 60.

Meanwhile, quoted from Anadolu Agency, Minister of Health Matt Hancock confirmed that vaccination for nursing home staff will be mandatory. The government is doing the same for workers in the National Health Service.