Another 149 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 43,230, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Thursday.
The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
As of Thursday morning, 307,980 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 1,118, according to the department.
As of Thursday morning, there have been 8,710,292 tests of the novel coronavirus in the country, with 167,023 tests on Wednesday, said the department.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday that the current 2-meter social distancing rule will be loosened from July 4 to “1 meter plus” in England so as to further ease the coronavirus lockdown.
Johnson also announced that from July 4, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, among others, will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
However, some experts have warned that the chances of catching COVID-19 are going up in Britain.
“The difference from three months ago is now there are lots more carriers or people just walking with it on the streets — we are opening a possibility for transmission, such as pubs and elsewhere where there are confined and close spaces. It’s a perfect breeding ground,” Dr Konstantin Blyuss, reader in mathematics at Sussex University and co-creator of a COVID-19 model, said
“So, there is a much higher chance that actually infection will pick up again very quickly,” Blyuss said.