The UK Ministry of Health on Thursday recorded more than 50,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time since July 17, amid a surge in pandemic figures in the country and amid calls for the government to impose restrictions to curb the spread of the disease.

Specifically, the data provided by the health authorities show 52,009 infections in the last 24 hours, while another 115 people have died from the disease. With these figures, the overall count for the United Kingdom has risen to 8,641,221 infections and 139,146 deaths.

In this context, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, indicated that the number of infections and deaths in the United Kingdom are within the expected parameters, taking into account that there are no restrictions in the country, and urged British citizens to receive their booster doses of the vaccine against PCVID-19 when it is their turn.

He insisted that, despite the high number of cases, the government is “continuing with its plan” and said that the situation is much better now than it was a year ago, largely because of the vaccination plan, which has weakened the link between infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, according to the BBC. So far, 79 percent of the British population has the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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