UK records 438 Covid deaths, highest number since February 2021

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The United Kingdom recorded the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 in almost a year on Tuesday (18), as Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers easing restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.

The country notified 438 new deaths from Covid-19, the highest total daily mark since February 24 last year.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said earlier in Parliament that he was optimistic that measures introduced to slow the spread of Omicron would be scaled back next week as cases and hospitalizations appear to have peaked.

The government is considering phasing out remaining restrictions in England, including work-from-home guidelines and the use of vaccine passports, according to British media.

Despite infections reaching record highs in recent weeks, the speed of vaccination with booster doses and the lower severity of the Omicron variant has resulted in fewer hospitalizations, and deaths have not skyrocketed as in previous waves of the pandemic.

The United Kingdom has so far recorded a total of 152,513 deaths from Covid-19, the seventh highest number on the planet – most of them in the first year of the pandemic.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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