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Coronavirus: UK Death toll hits new record

A total of 759 people have now died of the coronavirus in the UK, while 14,579 have tested positive.

The death toll jumped by 181 on Friday – a rise of 31% – making it the biggest rise in deaths that the country has seen so far, surpassing yesterday’s record of 115.

In England, patients were aged between 29 and 98 years old. 

All but four patients, aged between 82 and 91 years old, had underlying health conditions, health officials said.

The UK has the seventh highest number of recorded deaths in the world after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the US.

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