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UK coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 after 1,564 reported in one day

Experts condemn ‘phenomenal failure of policy and practice’ in handling of pandemic

More than 100,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK since the disease first appeared in the country almost a year ago, in what public health experts have said is a sign of “phenomenal failure of policy and practice”.

Government figures on Wednesday showed a record daily reported 1,564 new fatalities, bringing the total to 101,160.

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