The UK has recorded its highest ever daily rise in coronavirus infections, with 35,928 new Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday December 20, as the new Covid strain causes a 94.8 percent rise in infections.
A further 326 deaths were also confirmed on Sunday within 28 days of a positive diagnosis for the outbreak, raising the UK’s death toll to 67,401.
Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that the latest strain – dubbed ‘VUI-202012/01’- is 70 percent more contagious and makes up 60 percent of London’s new cases.
He also cautioned that the strain could lift by 0.4 the critical R rate.
In London and the south-east of England, the government has also imposed stricter controls to try to contain the outbreak of a new, fast-spreading strain of the virus, while Wales has entered another national lockout.
Nicola Sturgeon has banned travel in and out of Scotland.
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the decision to throw millions into an effective lockdown under tier 4 steps was made immediately after data revealed that spiraling cases were responsible for the current burden.
The move was accompanied by many EU nations stopping flights coming from Britain over fears about the latest Covid-19 strain known as VUI 202012/01, with bans on UK travel being announced by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Italy.