The British government announced a record number of deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday for the second day in a row despite a third lockdown [Hannah McKay/Reuters]

Britain reported a record 1,820 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday exceeding a record set only the day before, as scientists warned that the lockdown that began earlier this month was having little effect on the prevalence of the illness.

Government data showed there was also a rise in new cases, climbing to 38,905 compared with  33,355 a day earlier.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged the severity of the pandemic and warned worse could be ahead given the large number of cases.

“These figures are appalling,” Johnson told broadcaster Sky News. “And, of course, we think of the

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