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Sky News 8 Jan 2021

UK reports highest daily COVID-19 deaths - but things still not as bad as last spring

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Although the UK has reported its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day, the deaths actually occurring each day are still not as high as they were last spring.

Deaths can occur days or weeks before they are officially announced.

The number is especially volatile at the moment since we had a number of bank holidays over the Christmas and New Year period.

Sky's Ed Conway explains the data.


The UK has recorded another 57,725 COVID-19 cases - its highest ever daily total.

A further 445 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The total number of people who have now died with COVID-19 in the UK now stands at 74,570.
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The update comes amid growing concern over a new variant of COVID-19 which appears to be causing a dramatic uptick in infections in London and the southeast of England, prompting the Prime Minister to enforce new Tier 4 restrictions.

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