Covid deaths surpass 200 for third day in a row in latest daily figures along with 37,269 new cases

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Covid deaths surpass 200 for third day in a row in latest daily figures along with 37,269 new cases

A further 214 Covid deaths have been announced in the latest daily figures along with a further 37,269 coronavirus cases.

It is the third day in a row that the number of deaths has been more than 200. There were 293 recorded in the figures on Tuesday, and 217 on Wednesday.

It brings the UK total number of deaths to 141,395.

As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 37,269 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

The figure is a drop on last Thursday’s figures, when 39,842 new cases were recorded.

There are 9,517 people in hospital in the UK with coronavirus, according to the latest count, while total deaths within 28 days of a positive test stand at 141,395.

The latest figures come as new research suggested COVID infections are at their highest-ever levels.

Researchers from the REACT-1 study believe the increase is driven by high rates among school-aged children, with one in 17 infected between 19 October and 29 October.

They warn the next 10 days will be “critical” as children return to the classroom from half-term.

Across England, the overall prevalence of the virus was 1.72% compared with 0.83% in September.

On Thursday, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also announced that it had approved the use of a “game-changing” anti-viral pill to treat COVID-19.

The UK has become the first country to approve molnupiravir, which can be taken by people who have returned a positive test and have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness.

The factors include obesity, being over 60, diabetes or heart disease.

After positive trial results, the MHRA said it was safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisations and death in people with mild to moderate coronavirus.

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