The UK has the highest daily number of coronavirus deaths in April

A man wearing a face mask passes a closed restaurant on Trafalgar Square in London, UK, on ​​December 21, 2020. (Xinhua / Han Yan)

The UK recorded nearly 1,000 coronavirus deaths overnight, the highest daily death toll since April, according to the latest official figures released on Wednesday.

The daily number of deaths of people who had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test reached 981, bringing the total to 72,548, according to official figures.

This is the highest daily number of deaths reported in the country since April 24, when 1,010 coronavirus-related deaths were reported, there is likely to be a gap in reporting deaths over the Christmas period, Evening Standard reported on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, another 50,023 people in the UK tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 2,432,888, the figures show.

It is the second day in a row that more than 50,000 cases have been reported in the country.

On Wednesday, the British government announced that several areas, including Leicester City in England, will enter the Tier Four, the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, which means that another 20 million people in the region will live under the toughest measures on Thursday.

It means that a total of 44 million people will now be in the Tier Four, or 78% of England’s population.

Under the tougher new measures, residents in level four areas must stay at home with limited exemptions. People are also encouraged to work from home when they can and should not enter or leave those areas.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are fighting against time to develop COVID-19 vaccines.