UK reports highest daily total COVID cases since June 21 at 1,148

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester
Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom reported 1,148 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily total since June 21.

The cumulative total of UK cases stood at 312,789, government data showed.

It was only the second time since June that the daily total of new confirmed cases topped the 1,000 mark. The previous instance was on Sunday, when the daily figure was 1,062.

The UK authorities stopped publishing daily updates on the number of deaths from COVID-19 on July 17 due to a review of the way the statistics were being reported, which has yet to conclude.

More than 46,000 people have died of the disease in the United Kingdom, the highest toll in Europe.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)