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The UK has reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths since March 9 as fears grow over the country’s control of the pandemic compared to European neighbours.
The government has said a further 223 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 138,629.
It is the highest figure for daily reported deaths since March 9.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 164,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 43,738 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.
Britain was faster to reopen and relax restrictions than other European countries, and has lagged behind rolling out vaccines to younger people.