UK deaths top 80,000, Royal couple vaccinated

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip have been vaccinated for COVID-19 as the country recorded a total of more than 80,000 deaths from the virus.

Buckingham Palace said on Saturday that the 94-year-old Queen and her 99-year-old husband were inoculated at Windsor Castle and that the Queen decided to let it be known.

British media reported that her being vaccinated could help eliminate some public concern and skepticism over the vaccination.

With the spread of a highly transmissible variant in Britain, 59,937 new cases were confirmed and 1,035 deaths were recorded on Saturday.

Britain had 12 straight days that more than 50,000 new cases were recorded. The total death toll has topped 80,000.

The number of hospital admittances is surging. Some hospitals in England had to send new patients to other hospitals as they could not handle any more.

The British government is speeding up the vaccine roll-out while urging people to stay home via television, radio, and the Internet.