An additional 45,533 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,164,051, according to official figures.

Another 1,243 people died within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 83,203, data showed on Tuesday, the Xinhua news agency reported.

This is the second highest daily number of deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. The highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths was released at 1,325 on Friday.

The latest figures have come to light as the surge in coronavirus infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said during a virtual coronavirus briefing in Downing Street on Tuesday that 35,075 people were currently hospitalized with Covid-19, a 22% increase from a year ago week.

Patel urged the public to obey the restriction rules during the current lockdown, saying she will support the police enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in England.

Meanwhile, Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Council of Chiefs of Police, told the press conference that a “stubborn number” of people still refuse to follow the rules during the ongoing lockdown in England.

“Organizing parties or other large gatherings is dangerous, selfish and totally irresponsible in light of the current threat we face,” he said.

British police chiefs are under increasing pressure to enforce lockdown laws to curb the rise in coronavirus infections in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

Chris Hopson, the NHS chief supplier, who represents all National Health Service (NHS) trusts, has warned that peak demand on hospitals has not yet arrived and may not hit until next month.

It was now “fairly clear” that the rate of coronavirus infection “will not decline as quickly as it did” during the first lockdown last spring, he said.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the start of the pandemic in the country.

To get life back to normal, countries like Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have fought against time to develop vaccines against coronaviruses.

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