Britain is dealing with a contrasting coronavirus situation: surging cases despite nearly 70% of its population receiving at least one vaccine dose and plans to ease restrictions, including in England on Monday. In addition, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized with coronavirus last year, is self-isolating after becoming exposed to his infected health secretary.
In the past week, infections in Britain increased by 297,300 or 42%, including 54,674 Saturday, the highest since January and a record 67,803. Sunday’s increase was 48,161. Fatalities also rose 48%, adding 192 in one week, including 41 Saturday then 25 Sunday, but far off the record 1,823 on Jan. 20.