Britain reports record number of new COVID-19 infections

Britain reported a record number of new COVID-19 infections as it battles a surge in cases caused by a variant strain of the disease.  Official figures showed there had been 36,804 new cases and a further 691 deaths. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his scientific advisers said a variant of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70% more transmissible, was spreading rapidly in Britain, although it was not thought to be more deadly or to cause more serious illness.

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