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UK records worst day of Covid deaths with 1,564 lives lost

BBC, 14 Jan 2021
The UK has recorded its worst day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 1,500 people reported to have died in the past 24 hours.

The Prime minister has warned that there is still a very substantial risk of intensive care units in hospitals being overwhelmed.

The effect of more household mixing during the Christmas period is still working its way through the NHS, with the number of hospital admissions and deaths likely to remain high over the next few weeks.

Boris Johnson has said it's "far too early" to say when the lockdown in England can be relaxed. However the Prime Minister - who was appearing in front of a committee of senior backbench MPs - said lockdown measures "are starting to show signs of some effect."

Meanwhile the British Medical Association has warned that healthcare staff are still not all being given the best PPE protective equipment.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Fergal Keane, health editor Hugh Pym, science editor David Shukman and political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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