UK records highest daily COVID-related death toll since March

Britain has reported another 174 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities recorded in one day since 175 were recorded on March 12, according to official figures.

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 131,854. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

Another 30,838 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,555,200, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed on August 24 that there were 652 coronavirus-related deaths registered in Britain during the week to August 13, the highest number since 800 fatalities were recorded in the week to March 26.

The latest data came as almost 5,000 COVID-19 cases in Britain are suspected to be linked to Boardmasters music and surfing festival in Cornwall, with health officials launching an investigation.

About 4,700 people have tested positive for COVID-19 following Boardmasters in Newquay earlier this month, with 800 thought to be living in Cornwall, but cases are spread across Britain.

While the latest figures show a significant rise on recent weeks, the number of deaths is still far below the peak from last winter thanks to the progress of the vaccine rollout.

More than 87 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 77 per cent have received both doses, the latest figures showed.

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