Britain said on Monday it had recorded 22,195 new COVID-19 cases, as the health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday a new more infectious coronavirus variant means the government needs to be more cautious in lifting lockdown restrictions.

Iran Press/Europe: UK government said on Friday that the new variant maybe 30% more deadly than the original strain.

"There is no question the new variant made this fight a whole lot tougher," Hancock told a press conference.

"The critical message is we must be cautious. For all of us, our response must be extra careful," he added.

As the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll approaches 100,000, grief-stricken relatives of the dead expressed anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the worst public health crisis in a century.