Another 136 people die as coronavirus cases rise by 15,650

A further 136 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus, as cases continue to rise across the country.

It is the fourth day in a row that more than 100 deaths have been confirmed by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Another 15,650 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing Britain’s total number of cases to 689,257.

Today’s figure is down 3,330 from yesterday, raising hopes that infections could be stabilising as recently introduced restrictions take effect.

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Last Friday, 13,846 new cases were confirmed, rising to 19,724 on Wednesday, dropping to 18,980 yesterday.

However, daily cases do tend to peak on Tuesdays as a lag over the weekend is factored in.

More to follow.

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