Britain on Saturday reported record daily deaths from COVID-19 including a five-year-old child

A sign provides directions to a so-called 'Coronavirus Pod' at a hospital in London, Britain. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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Britain on Saturday reported a record 708 daily deaths from COVID-19, including a five-year-old child, who is thought to be the country’s youngest victim.

Data published this afternoon by the UK Department of Health indicates that 3,735 people got infected in the past 24 hours, a number which is significantly less than the 4,450 registered yesterday.

However, the death toll rose by 20%, and now stands at more than 4,310. People testing positive have now increased at an average of 17% per day.

Despite facing barrage of criticism on the slow rate of testing, swabbing has gone down again to below 11,000, around 800 tests less than yesterday.

Authorities and healthcare professionals in the UK have made emotional pleas for people to stay inside this weekend, particularly as parts of the country are enjoying a higher-than-usual 20 degree sunshine. Ruth May, Head Nurse of the country, appealed to the public to respect the memory of two nurses in their Thirties who have just lost their lives after facing the virus on the front line.



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