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The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 241, the highest increase in four months.
The latest figures also confirm an additional 21,331 Covid-19 infections.
Earlier today, health officials confirmed 162 coronavirus patients had died in UK hospitals – 134 were in England, 15 in Scotland, 10 in Wales and three in Northern Ireland.
It is the highest number recorded since June 3, when 254 fatalities were announced.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said today: “The trend in deaths is rising sharply. Tragically we know that older people and those with underlying health conditions tend to suffer more if they become unwell.
“We all have a responsibility to follow the restrictions to help stop the virus spreading to those who are at greater risk.
“The measures across the country are there to reduce transmission of the virus which is why it is essential that we all follow them.
“We know that the easiest and best way to protect each other is to regularly wash our hands, wear a face covering when required and to keep space from each other.”
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