Sumary of Iran, UK spike as Indonesia extends curbs:
- The UK recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months on Tuesday following a spike in infections amid the spread of the Delta variant and lifting of lockdown restrictions.
- Government figures showed 96 new virus-related deaths, the highest since March 24.The UK also recorded 46,558 confirmed cases.
- The numbers on Tuesday have traditionally been higher because of a weekend reporting lag.
- The increase in deaths comes a day after the UK government ended lockdown restrictions in England, including on distancing and mask-wearing.
- Critics warn it will lead to further spread of the coronavirus and potential deaths in the coming weeks.
- The UK’s confirmed virus-related death toll stands at 128,823, the seventh highest in the world.
- Indonesia extended its pandemic-linked restrictions to July 25 as the number of coronavirus infections remained high, aiming for a gradual easing of curbs next week if infections drop, President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.
- “If the trend of cases continue to decline, from July 26 the government will initiate gradual easing,” he said in a virtual address.