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Britain reports 438 new COVID-19 deaths, highest since February

CoronavirusJan 18, 2022 16:35
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LONDON (Reuters) -Britain reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in almost a year on Tuesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government considers relaxing measures introduced to reduce the spread of Omicron variant.

Britain reported 438 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily total since Feb. 24 last year.

Health minister Sajid Javid earlier told parliament he was optimistic that COVID-19 measures introduced to reduce the spread of Omicron will be scaled back next week as cases and hospitalisations look to have peaked.

The government is considering phasing out England’s remaining pandemic restrictions, including working from home guidance and the use of vaccine passports, British media have reported.

Despite infections reaching record highs in recent weeks, the rapid roll-out of booster shots and the lesser severity of Omicron has meant hospitalisations and deaths have not risen as sharply compared with earlier waves of the pandemic.

Britain has reported 152,513 deaths from COVID-19 in total, the seventh highest death total in the world, with the vast majority of deaths occurring in the first year of the pandemic.

Britain reports 438 new COVID-19 deaths, highest since February
 

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Brian Newman
Brian Newman Jan 18, 2022 17:33
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Relaxation of all restrictions in the UK is premature, but Boris needs a bounce!
Pepe Bohington
Pepe Bohington Jan 18, 2022 17:33
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Why, do you want to live hidden forever?
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Jonathan So Jan 18, 2022 17:33
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Ruin your economy if you want; the UK will not follow the ‘papers please’ society European countries are instigating !
Drake Richards
Drake Richards Jan 18, 2022 17:33
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we'll see you in 2032 then...stay safe.
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Sleep well my friend and please do not wake up!
 
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