Britain records 18,213 new COVID-19 cases, 696 deaths

A member of the British Royal Air Force holds a lateral flow antigen test swab sample, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom recorded 18,213 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday and 696 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to official data.

The deaths figure was the highest since May 5.

Tuesday’s data had shown 11,299 new cases and 608 deaths.

Reporting by James Davey, editing by David Milliken