UK records another 40,004 COVID-19 cases

Published November 22, 2021, 9:57 AM

by Xinhua

LONDON — Britain registered 40,004 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national tally to 9,845,492, according to official figures released Sunday.

People queue up outside a vaccination center in Manchester, Britain, Nov. 10, 2021. (Photo by Jon Super/Xinhua)

The country also reported 61 more coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 143,927, with 8,079 COVID-19 patients still hospitalized.

The latest data came as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said England is not close to moving to the government’s Plan B of restrictions, while countries in Europe face tightened measures involving lockdowns and vaccine mandates due to a spike in cases.

Plan B involves advice to work at home and mask use requirements in certain scenarios.

However, Chris Hopson, chief executive of National Health Service (NHS) Providers has said the service is under an “unprecedented degree of pressure” for this time of year.

Hopson told Sky News that the health service is experiencing “very, very high levels of people coming into accident and emergency departments” with “the ambulance services under real pressure.” More than 88 percent of people aged 12 and over in Britain have had their first vaccine dose and over 80 percent have received both, according to the latest figures. Meanwhile, some 26 percent have received a booster jab, or the third vaccine dose.