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Covid: scale of emergency facing UK laid bare as 1,041 deaths recorded in 24 hours

Boris Johnson forced to defend his handling of Covid-19 crisis as Keir Starmer lambasts ‘pattern’ of poor decision-making

The scale of the health emergency now facing the UK was laid bare on Wednesday night as figures showed that more than 1,000 deaths from the virus had been recorded in the previous 24 hours and hospitals reported treating a record 30,000 Covid patients.

The alarming rise in fatalities came two days after the prime minister ordered a draconian new lockdown, which was endorsed overwhelmingly in a Commons vote on Wednesday.

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