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Grim new Covid figures reveal highest number of deaths on a single day since outbreak began

A FURTHER 1,610 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the Tory government announced today — the highest number on a single day since the outbreak began.

It brought the total number of deaths from Covid-19 in the UK to 91,470. Adding in instances where the virus has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, there have now been 108,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK. The country’s death rate is currently the highest on Earth.

In response to the grim new figures, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth tweeted: “Awful. Horrific. Devastating. And it didn’t have to be like this.”

It came after estimates by the Office for National Statistics showed that one in eight people in England have had coronavirus.

Antibody data on infection in private households suggests that one in 10 people in Wales had also been infected with the virus by December, while one in 11 have in Scotland.

This is up from one in 14 estimated to have had the virus in England in October.

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