LONDON, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 608 to 55,838, marking the highest daily death number since May 12, according to official figures released Tuesday.
Meanwhile, another 11,299 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,538,794, the data showed.
Earlier Tuesday, data from Britain's Office for National Statistics showed that nearly 14,000 deaths were recorded in England and Wales in the week ending Nov. 13, the highest weekly COVID-related death toll since the end of May.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday a "tougher" tiered system of coronavirus restrictions to replace England's current lockdown when it ends on Dec. 2.
Johnson said he will announce which areas will fall into which tier later this week, probably on Thursday.
England is currently under a month-long national lockdown, the second of its kind since the coronavirus outbreak in Britain, in a bid to quell the resurgence of coronavirus.
To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.
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