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COVID-19: UK records another 98 virus-related deaths and 5,605 more cases. latest figures | UK News

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The UK recorded another 98 COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures.

This compares to the 112 fatalities reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another 5,605 cases of COVID-19 were recorded, bringing the overall figure for the UK to 4,312,908.

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The total number of people who have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for the virus now stands at 126,382.

The figures came after the European Union and UK sought to defuse tensions in a row over vaccine export controls.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Meanwhile, some 29 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were found at a manufacturing plant in Italy over the weekend.

AstraZeneca has revealed that the doses are due to be shipped within the EU, and to low income countries through the COVAX scheme.

A statement said: “It is incorrect to describe this as a stockpile. The process of manufacturing vaccines is very complex and time-consuming.

“In particular, vaccine doses must wait for quality control clearance after the filling of vials is completed.”

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