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Britain records highest number of daily COVID-19 infections

The number of hospitalizations and deaths is also increasing but remains well below the UK’s spring peak. 49 more deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Saturday. Britain’s official coronavirus death toll is 42,317.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a construction site in West London.Credit:Getty Images

The government has imposed restrictions on social gatherings in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, and nearly a third of the country’s population, which numbers 66 million, are subject to stricter local lockdowns.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a new test of his authority next week, when dozens of his own MPs are expected to try to reject his rule of six restriction on large gatherings during the pandemic.

The PM is already facing a row with backbench MPs over their intention to vote a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants in England next Wednesday. Now he also faces a rebellion on Tuesday over the rule of six.

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Rumblings of discontent indicate a emboldened mood among Tory backbench MPs after the PM was forced to give MPs a vote on future lockdowns earlier this week.

Potential rebellions risk overshadowing the Tories’ online party conference that runs through Tuesday. Senior Tory sources said they expected two dozen libertarian Tory MPs to vote against the Rule of Six measures, although the rebellion could collapse because Labor will back the measure.

A defeat is more likely in the curfew vote on Wednesday when Labor MPs, concerned about the impact on jobs, could vote against the motion.

It comes days after MPs regained control of Johnson’s ability to order national lockdowns following a rebellion organized by Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 committee chairman. Future restrictions must be approved after a 90-minute debate and a vote by MPs beforehand.

There was a push for the government yesterday, as it appeared that moderate Tories are unlikely to rebel. Damian Green, who chairs the One Nation Conservatives, said: “At the moment, I am happy to support the government on these measures.”

AP; The Telegraph, London

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