UK records another 17,272 coronavirus cases with 231 deaths

London, Dec 7 : Another 17,272 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,723,242, according to official figures released.

The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 231 to 61,245, the data showed on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier Sunday, a Christmas market in northern England’s Nottingham city, which is placed in Tier 3 restrictions, has been closed due to large crowds and a lack of social distancing.

The Mellors Group, the organizer of the market, said in a statement: “In light of the unprecedented high footfall seen up and down the country for retail nationally, we have decided to temporarily close the Christmas market.”

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Meanwhile in London, four men were arrested for such offences as affray and breaking coronavirus regulations, as crowds gathered outside Harrods, a famed department store in central London.

England is currently under a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions that replaced the month-long national lockdown in England which ended on December 2. London is one of the Tier 2 areas.

Under the new system, shops are allowed to re-open across England, giving a Christmas bonanza to the struggling retail sector, but all bars and restaurants in the toughest Tier 3 areas remain closed. The system put about 98 percent of England into Tier 2 and 3.

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To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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