UK records eight deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours

The UK has recorded eight deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, compared with 55 in the previous period, bringing the total deaths from the disease to 46.574 since the beginning of the pandemic, the British government announced today.

The number of infections was 1.062, bringing the total number of people who tested positive for the new coronavirus to 310.825 in the United Kingdom, according to authorities.

The British government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies estimates the rate of transmission of the virus at a national level between 0,8 and 1, a level above which the virus spreads easily.

These figures were released after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson classified it as "moral duty" and "national priority" for all children to return to school in September.

"Keeping our schools closed for longer than absolutely necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible," wrote Johnson in the Sunday issue of The Mail on Sunday.

Globally, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 727 deaths and infected more than 19,6 million people in 196 countries and territories.

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