Over 150,000 COVID-19 deaths in UK, government urges public to get boosters

The number of cases reported daily has fallen from a record high of over 200,000 last week


More than 150,000 people have died after catching coronavirus in the UK, the government said on Saturday, a milestone for one of the worst-affected countries in Europe.

The government reported that deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test had reached 150,057 since the start of the pandemic. Russia is the only European country with a higher death toll.

The number of cases reported daily has declined from a record high of more than 200,000 last week, with 146,390 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

The massive number of people testing positive or in self-isolation has reached the number of health workers, prompting the Defense Ministry to announce on Friday that it will send troops to help hospital staff.

Hospitalizations and deaths are, however, much lower than in the first wave of the pandemic when people were not vaccinated.

The government is urging the public to get hold of the boosters, which have already been administered to around 61% of the population over the age of 12. He also seeks to persuade the unvaccinated to receive vaccines.

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