Britain on Tuesday registered a new daily high of more than 53,000 Covid-19 cases, as concern mounted about spiraling numbers of positive tests and pressure on health services.
UK Government figures showed 53,135 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, up from 41,385 the previous day, taking the overall number of cases to 2,382,865.
A further 414 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive test, increasing the country’s toll to 71,567.
On Tuesday, the European Union said it will buy an extra 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“We decided to take an additional 100 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, which is already being used to vaccinate people across the EU,” European Commission President Ursula said on Twitter.
The plan comes after some of the vaccine candidates ordered by the EU faced unexpected delays in clinical trials, forcing the bloc and other wealthy nations to rely on shots from fewer manufacturers than initially planned.