Coronavirus UK News on January 21, 2021: One in Ten Brits Contacted Coronavirus
The UK is particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In no other country in the world is the proportion of deaths in the total population so high, according to official figures. An easing of the situation is not in sight in this regard.
The UK currently has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world relative to population. On a moving seven-day average, there were recently more than 16.5 deaths per million people. This emerges from a current analysis by the University of Oxford, which refers to data from Johns Hopkins University. This puts Great Britain just ahead of the Czech Republic and Portugal and well ahead of Germany and the USA, both of which recorded an average of more than nine deaths per million inhabitants during this period.
Overall, the number of deaths in Great Britain in which Covid-19 was noted on the death certificate is now over 91,000. On Tuesday, the kingdom also recorded a new high: 1610 deaths were reported within 24 hours, according to the health authority Public Health England. That is the highest number since the pandemic began last spring.
The number of new infections was 33,355 cases, lower than in the past few days. A sign that the lockdown measures are slowly taking effect. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the infection situation is still "very serious". It remains extremely important that everyone abides by the rules in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Johnson said that at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, his spokesman told reporters.