WORLD UK records another 10,406 coronavirus cases

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UK records another 10,406 coronavirus cases

Xinhua

10:36, February 21, 2021

A man cycles past the London Eye by the Thames in London, Britain, on Feb. 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

Another 10,406 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,105,675, according to official figures released Saturday.

The country also reported another 445 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 120,365. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The latest figures were revealed as more than 17.2 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said the government would "not rest" until the vaccine was offered to all over-50s by the end of April.

Earlier Saturday, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, called for a staggered approach similar to what has been announced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"Why would we not want to do that in England? Parents want to be reassured why it suddenly feels right that 10 million people, teachers, parents do that (come back) on a single day -- and possibly risking all the benefits of lockdown so far," Barton told Sky News.

Barton's remarks came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is setto unveil his "roadmap" out of lockdown on Monday. It is widely expected that schools in England would start to open on March 8.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

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