COVID-19: UK records 262 coronavirus-related deaths and 33,117 cases in latest 24-hour period

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The UK has recorded 262 coronavirus-related deaths and 33,117 cases in the latest 24-hour period.

The number of fatalities is a rise on the 57 reported on Monday - but a fall on the 293 recorded last Tuesday (2 November).

Recorded deaths are often higher on Tuesdays due to issues with weekend reporting.

The number of cases reported on Tuesday is close to the figures recorded on Monday (32,322) and last Tuesday (33,856).

A total of 142,124 people have now died with COVID in the UK.

Meanwhile, an increase of 33,559 first vaccine doses means a total of 50,296,294 had been delivered in the UK by 8 November. Some 45,873,038 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 20,361.

A combined total of 10,580,122 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 277,578.

It came as the health secretary announced frontline NHS workers and social care staff would need to have COVID vaccinations in England to continue in their jobs.

Sajid Javid said in a Commons statement that there was no doubt health and social care staff "carry a unique responsibility" in the work they do and that "we must avoid preventable harm".

He said only those who did not have face-to-face contact with patients or who were medically exempt would not be required to have two doses, with enforcement of the rule from 1 April.

But the government has conceded that the policy could have a "significant impact" on the health and care workforce, with estimates suggesting as many as 123,000 could leave their jobs as a result.

The announcement came after the deputy prime minister defended Boris Johnson, following the PM's decision not to wear a mask during a visit to a hospital.

"He followed all the advice and all the guidance that he got at all times, I think that's the right thing for all of us to do," Dominic Raab told Kay Burley.

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