UK records 50,023 new COVID-19 cases, 981 deaths

People queue as wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at London Bridge vaccination centre, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK recorded 981 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday, the highest number since April 24. The number of new cases was 50,023, slightly down on Tuesday's 53,135, according to government data.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, Writing by Paul Sandle)