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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 1,248 in third highest daily increase of pandemic

The number of lives lost to Covid-19 in the UK has risen by 1,248 - the third highest daily rise of the pandemic. In the latest figures from the Department of Health, there have been 48,682 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, down on last Thursday's 52,618 and only slightly up on yesterday's 47,525.

It comes as a senior epidemiologist says some parts of England are showing a plateau in cases of Covid-19, while the rate of growth across the country as a whole is slowing.

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