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Coronavirus: UK reports 397 daily COVID-19 deaths – highest figure since May

The UK has reported 397 daily coronavirus deaths, the highest number since May.

The country also recorded a further 20,018 new COVID-19 cases, compared with 18,950 on the previous day.

There were 136 deaths reported on Monday, although figures over the weekend are typically lower.

Daily coronavirus deaths have surpassed 300 on three days in the past week, although Tuesday’s figure is the highest number since 27 May.

Earlier, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty it was an “entirely realistic situation” that deaths could match the peak seen back in April.

He said the number of deaths has been increasing “relatively steadily” over the last two or three weeks.

There were 10,377 COVID-19 patients in English hospitals on Tuesday, up from 8,171 a week ago.

Of these, 952 were on ventilation beds.

A total of 1,280 people with confirmed COVID-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Sunday, the latest figure available, compared with 1,186 a week ago.

England is preparing to go into a second national lockdown on Thursday, while Wales is already under a “firebreak” lockdown.

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