Britain reports zero daily deaths from Covid-19

Photo: EPA Families enjoy the weather in London, 1 June 2021.

Britain on Tuesday reported zero daily deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since last July amid concern about Delta variant, news wires reported. The country has the worst death toll in Europe - 4.49m cases in total. Tuesday's zero daily deaths came after the government reported just one Covid death across the UK on Monday, a public holiday.

Official death figures are typically lower at weekends and holidays because of a lag in reporting, AFP noted. The last time that no Covid deaths were recorded throughout the United Kingdom was on 30 July.

The UK was one of the first nations in the world to begin a mass inoculation campaign. Since the rollout, it has administered two doses of vaccine to more than 25m people - almost half the adult population.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed Tuesday's milestone as "undoubtedly good news", saying Britain's vaccine rollout, which began in December, was "clearly working". However, he also sounded a note of caution with coronavirus cases on the rise and urged people to follow public health guidance. Experts warned that Britain could face a third wave of cases driven by the Delta variant of concern first identified in India.

On Tuesday, Britain recorded over 3,000 coronavirus cases for the seventh straight day, putting in doubt plans by PM Boris Johnson's government to completely lift restrictions on 21 June.

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