Britain records 1,162 Covid deaths in second worst ever day of pandemic – but cases DROP week-on-week with 52,618 more infections
Britain today recorded 1,162 coronavirus deaths in the second worst day of the pandemic, but cases dropped compared to last week after health bosses announced 52,618 new infections.
Department of Health figures show only April 21 – in the midst of the first wave – was worse, when 1,224 victims were declared. Experts fear the daily number of Covid-19 deaths may rise further, because of the spiralling number of infections in the community.
Today’s deaths were up 20.5 per cent compared to last Thursday, when 964 were reported.
And the number of cases dropped six per cent from the same time last week, when health chiefs said they had found a further 55,892.
It comes as Boris Johnson prepares to make a press statement from Downing Street at 5pm tonight, when he is expected to unveil plans to bring the military in to ramp up the sluggish roll out of the vaccine.
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