UK records no daily Covid-19 deaths for 1st time since pandemic began

London, Jun 1 (EFE).- There have been zero daily Covid-19 deaths recorded in the United Kingdom for the first time since March 2020, according to official figures Tuesday.

Health authorities said they had recorded 3,165 new infections in this period, however, among growing concerns over the spread of the variant of the coronavirus first detected in India, which the World Health Organization recently branded the Delta variant.

The number of infections was higher than the 2,493 detected last week but slightly lower than the 3,382 reported on Monday.

The uplifting news of zero recorded Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours comes amid calls from the scientific community to delay the government’s plan to lift all remaining coronavirus restrictions on June 21.

Microbiologist Ravi Gupta, an advisor to the UK government, on Monday warned that the UK was in the early stages of a new wave of coronavirus infections fuelled by the variant first detected in India.

The University of Cambridge professor recommended the lifting of restrictions be delayed “a few weeks whilst we gather more intelligence.”

“If you look at the costs and benefits of getting it wrong, I think it is heavily in favor of delay,” said the scientist, a member of the government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag).

More than 25 million adults have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom, equating to over a third of the population. EFE


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