UK Coronavirus: 241 deaths and 21,331 infections in one day

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The UK death toll from coronavirus rose by 241 on Tuesday – the highest daily reported rise since the first wave of the pandemic.

While the Tuesday total is often larger because of a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend, this week’s is nevertheless the highest figure since 5 June.

Last month, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned the UK was on course for 200 deaths a day by mid-November. The latest daily total suggests the deadly impact of the virus is running ahead of his prediction.

** This post was originally published on October 20, 2020 **