The number of new coronavirus infections in the UK hit a near two-month high Friday as British regulators authorised the use of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
The latest authorisation, which takes the number of vaccines in the UK’s armoury to four, comes amid growing speculation that the new variant of the virus first identified in India may prompt the British government to delay its next planned easing of lockdown restrictions in England.
Government figures showed that another 4,182 new confirmed cases were reported across the UK, the highest daily figure since April 1. The cases bring the total number of confirmed infections reported over the past seven days to 20,765, a 24% increase from the previous week. The rise prompted scientists to say the UK is now in the midst of a third wave of the pandemic.
News Source: FIRST POST