UK coronavirus cases rise by 19,724, with deaths up 137

Samuel Osborne

Nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 654,644.

The government said there had been a further 19,724 lab-confirmed cases as of 9am on Wednesday.

It also said a further 137 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 43,155.

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