Britain has the highest death toll in Europe with nearly 85,000 deaths and at least 3.2 million infections reported to date.
The United Kingdom reported a daily record of 1,564 coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday, the first time the death toll has passed the 1,500-mark since March last year.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria regions became the latest areas to impose more stringent COVID-19 restrictions amid a rapid increase in infections.
Worldwide, more than 91 million coronavirus cases have been reported with more than 1.9 million deaths.
Here are all the latest updates:
Spanish regions toughen response; Madrid blames UK strain
The Spanish regions of Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria became the latest to tighten coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday amid a spiralling national infection rate that government officials have blamed on lax adherence to the rules over Christmas.
Madrid’s health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero said he suspected the highly contagious variant of the virus first identified in the UK was partly to blame for the surge, accusing the government of “minimising” the issue.
UK registers record daily deaths
On Wednesday, the UK announced 1,564 fatalities, a daily record and the first time the death toll has passed 1,500 in a 24-hour period during the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest figures take the number of deaths to 84,767, among the highest in Europe alongside Italy.
It also registered another 47,525 new infections – a drop on the same day last week, when health officials recorded 62,322 cases.