London, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The deaths from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom increased this Friday to 46,119, after adding 120 in the last 24 hours, making the country the first in Europe and third in the world. world most affected by the pandemic.
In its daily part, the Ministry of Health and Social Care noted that to date 303,181 infections have been registered, of which 880 were also in the past 24 hours, the highest daily figure in a month.
These numbers support the figures of the National Statistics Office (ONS), which reported today that it has detected a spike in COVID-19 “in the community”, with a prevalence of 1 infection per 1,500 people, regardless of what It also occurs in hospitals and nursing homes.
However, the total number of deaths could be higher, because although the Government reports the deaths confirmed by a diagnostic test, other official statistics indicate that the deaths attributable to the virus exceed 56,400 in this country.
Before knowing the data of the Ministry of Health and Social Care, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has already announced that he will delay the start of the next phase of de-escalation in England, scheduled for this Saturday, until at least the next 15 of August.
He also reported that, in addition to this “pause” in the reopening of the economy, it has been necessary to impose from today a new restriction in much of northern England, which prevents people from visiting their homes.
Speaking to the BBC, Health Minister Matt Hancock has defended the measures, noting that, according to infection tracking data, most of the transmission of the virus, most active in that part of English territory, is it produces “between households that visit each other and people that visit relatives and friends.”
The guideline means that people in cities such as Manchester and its metropolitan area and the counties of East Lancashire and part of West Yorkshire cannot be found in each other’s houses or gardens, but each home can go to the “pub” or to restaurants as long as its residents do not mix with another group of people.
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