British health authorities confirmed more than 18,000 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, an unprecedented figure since the end of February. In addition, they registered more than twenty new deaths in one day, amid a new rebound due to the appearance of the Delta variant, identified for the first time in India.

It is about 18,270 new infections and 23 deaths, above the 10,321 cases and 14 deaths last Saturday.

The United Kingdom is carrying out an accelerated vaccination campaign. Of the more than 66.65 million inhabitants, a total of 44 million received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 32 million have already agreed to the full schedule.

This weekend the “Grab a Jab” (“Take an injection”) initiative takes place with long lines in large spaces such as the Emirates Stadium and the stadium of the London football club Arsenal. The country’s health services accelerated the distribution of vaccines before the government lifts all remaining coronavirus restrictions on July 19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of infections in the country reached 4.7 million, while the number of deaths from the disease is 128,083, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Scandal in the Ministry of Health

British Health Minister Matt Hancock, resigned from his position after a media scandal: some images were leaked in which he appeared having an extramarital affair, which also went against the health restrictions on the pandemic.

The images, in which Hankcock can be seen hugging his assistant Gina Coladangelo on May 6, they were picked up by a security camera and published by The Sun. It was the beginning of a scandal that ended on Saturday with the resignation of the minister, one of the best-known faces of the British government in the fight against the pandemic.

Coladangelo, a friend from Hancock’s college days and a millionaire lobbyist, is a non-executive director of the Department of Health and Social Care. She was hired by Hancock himself as his assistant in 2020. Johnson’s former collaborator, Dominic Cummings, said he urged the prime minister – up to 20 times – to fire him for lying about nursing homes, coronavirus tests or details in response to the pandemic.

Hancock had already apologized on Friday for “violating the rules of physical distancing” in the context of the pandemic of the Covid-19 with his assistant, but until then he had ruled out the possibility of resigning.

Now it will be up to the Department of Health and Social Care to carry out the investigation not only of the route of the leak, but of why there was a security camera whose existence the minister himself was unaware.

“We have to get to the bottom of all this,” Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News in comments. “An internal investigation is going to be necessary,” he added. Former Health Minister and Chairman of the House of Commons Health Committee, Jeremy Hunt, told local media that he found it completely unacceptable that ministers were recorded inside his office without his knowledge.“Our intelligence agencies are going to have to study this question very, very carefully.”, he assured.

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