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The United Kingdom crossed, on Wednesday, for the first time in eight months, the threshold of 1,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 in the space of 24 hours, according to figures published by the health authorities. The country, faced with a new highly contagious variant, has also reported 62,322 new cases of contamination.
New outbreak of coronavirus contaminations in the United Kingdom. The country recorded, Wednesday, January 6, 1,041 additional deaths, the daily toll exceeding a thousand deaths for the first time since April.
The United Kingdom, one of the countries in Europe most bereaved by the epidemic, now has a total of 77,346 deaths due to Covid-19 and 2,836,801 cases of contamination (+62,322), according to the Ministry of Health .
The country, confronted for several weeks with a new highly contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2, also reported 62,322 new cases of coronavirus contamination, against 60,916 the day before.
For its part, neighboring Ireland, also facing a “tsunami” of contamination with the new coronavirus, decided on Wednesday to close at least until the end of the month its schools, thus further tightening the confinement reinstated after Christmas .
“From today and at least until the end of January”, “all schools must remain closed and teaching should be done online,” Prime Minister Micheal Martin said.