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UK sees highest daily number of Covid deaths since March

A further 223 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of today, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

It is the highest figure for daily reported deaths since 9 March, when 5,738 new cases of the disease were recorded.

The new daily death toll brings the UK total to 138,629 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there have now been 164,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am today, there had been 43,738 more lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the DHSC said, which is a figure seven times more than the number of cases recorded on 9 March.

For the past week, the number of new daily positive cases surpassed 40,000.

On Monday (18 October), the number of new cases almost broke 50,000 with a total of 49,156.