French.china.org.cn | Updated on 01-01-2021
In the UK, 55,892 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in one day, the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic in the country, according to official figures released on Thursday.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 2,488,780, according to these data.
It is the third day in a row that more than 50,000 new cases have been reported in one day in the UK.
Separately, an additional 964 patients died within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths in the UK to 73,512.
Emergency field hospitals, known as “Nightingale Hospitals”, began to be prepared across England on Thursday.
Apart from the Central Hospital set up in the Excel Convention Center in London, the other cities hosting Nightingale hospitals are Manchester, Bristol, Sunderland, Harrogate, Exeter and Birmingham.
A spokesperson for the National Health Service (NHS) said hospitals in London were under significant pressure due to high rates of COVID-19 infection.
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