UK records 1,401 new Covid deaths and more than 40,000 fresh cases

Thursday’s daily rise of coronavirus deaths was up from yesterday’s total of 1,290.

However, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 112,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

There were also 40,261 more infections confirmed across the country on Friday, government figures show. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,583,907.

It is the first time the virus’s reproductive rate has fallen below 1 since early December,

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