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UK reports record 53,135 new COVID cases

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Britain's government reported 53,135 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number since mass testing started in mid-2020 and up sharply from the previous record of 41,385 set on Monday.

The number of new deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive COVID test also rose to 414 from Monday's 357, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 71,567. (Reporting by David Milliken, Editing by Paul Sandle)