Britain on Thursday registered 42,408 new COVID-19 infections and 195 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total loss of lives to 142,533 in the country, according to the latest official figures.

The death toll only includes people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The infections have fallen by 12 percent over the last seven days, and the number of deaths has decreased by 4.4 percent.

There are currently 8,767 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

The latest data came as the National Health Service (NHS) responds to the highest number of 999 (emergency telephone number) calls for a month, new figures revealed Thursday.

The NHS England said NHS 999 services had their busiest ever month in October as staff answered a record 1,012,143 calls.

Stephen Powis, the NHS national medical director, said, “With the highest number of 999 calls ever answered for a single month, the busiest October on record for major A&E (Accident And Emergency) and the rollout of boosters as part of the successful NHS vaccination programme, there is no doubt pressure on the health service remains incredibly high.”

More than 87 percent of people aged 12 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 79 percent have received both doses, the latest figures indicate. More than 19 percent have received booster jabs, or the third dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines. (ANI/Xinhua)