Britain records 18,213 new COVID-19 cases, 696 deaths

A member of the British Royal Air Force holds a lateral flow antigen test swab sample, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain

The United Kingdom recorded 18,213 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday and 696 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to official data.

The deaths figure was the highest since May 5.

Tuesday’s data had shown 11,299 new cases and 608 deaths.

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