UK reports 280 new COVID-19 deaths, seven-day total up 53%

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Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nottingham
Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nottingham

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom on Thursday reported 280 new deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 28 days, bringing the total in the last seven days to 1,608, an increase of 52.6% on the previous seven-day period.

Government data showed there were 23,065 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The seven-day total of 154,873 cases was up by 13.2% on the previous seven-day period.

(Corrects headline to make clear 7-day total up by 53%)

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)