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COVID-19: UK reports 438 new coronavirus deaths – the highest daily total since February 2021

The UK has recorded 438 new coronavirus deaths – its highest daily total since 24 February last year.

Tuesday’s figures, which are often higher due to a lag in reporting, saw a further 94,432 cases recorded in the UK.

On Monday, the UK reported 84,249 cases and 85 deaths.

Today’s figures are down from the 120,821 cases – but up from the 379 deaths – reported this time last week, on 11 January.

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Meanwhile, 73,267 people have been given a third, or booster, dose of a coronavirus vaccine, taking the total to 63.6% of the population.

A further 26,502 people received their second dose, while 15,748 have been given the first jab, the latest figures show.

It comes as Scotland will remove all its Omicron coronavirus restrictions from next Monday, with the first minister confirming the country is on a “downward slope” of infections.

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