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COVID-19: Another 104 UK deaths and 5,455 new cases reported

Written by on 2 March 2021

Another 104 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus and a further 5,455 new cases have been reported.

This compares to the 144 coronavirus deaths and 6,035 new infections recorded on Sunday, and is also down on the 178 and 10,641 posted last Monday.

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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 143,000 deaths in the UK.

Vaccinations also continue with 20,275,451 people receiving their first COVID-19 dose, while 815,816 people have now had both.

It comes as a hunt continues for a person in the UK infected with a coronavirus “variant of concern” from Brazil.

The COVID-19 variant, first seen in the city of Manaus, is feared to spread more rapidly than the original virus and could be more capable of evading existing vaccines.

Three cases of the P.1 coronavirus variant have been confirmed in England and three in Scotland, Public Health England said.

Two of the cases in England come from a household in South Gloucestershire, where one person returned from Brazil in mid-February, before hotel quarantine measures were introduced.

Meanwhile, a study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there is no evidence of a difference between school staff testing positive for coronavirus antibodies and the wider working-age population.

The main findings from the Schools Infection Survey come ahead of children going back to classrooms in England next week as part of the first phase of lifting the coronavirus lockdown.

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