UK HITS RECORD NUMBER OF DAILY COVID-19 DEATHS

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his country's record daily COVID-19 death toll is "appalling", but has warned it may get worse in the coming weeks.

Britain registered a new record for daily COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, with 1,820 people dying in the space of 24 hours.

The UK has suffered the highest death toll in Europe from COVID-19 and its economy has shrunk the most among the world's industrial power-houses in the first half of 2020.

But the nation has also vaccinated more people against COVID-19 than almost any other country, raising hopes of recovery once its latest lockdown ends and the Government begins to ease restrictions.

Mr Johnson said the death toll is likely to keep rising in the next few weeks because of the spread of a new, more infectious variant of the virus.