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A further 573 Brits have died of coronavirus as the UK recorded its highest death toll on a Sunday for seven months.
England reported 508 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, with three in Scotland, 45 in Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland as the UK continues to battle the deadly virus.
The number is the highest death toll on a Sunday for seven months and compares to 448 deaths recorded on January 3 and 301 on December 27.
This brings the grim death toll across the UK to 65,972 with deaths expected to reach approximately 80,000 according to experts.
It comes at the end of the first week of England's third national lockdown as Brits are being told to stay at home.
Government scientific advisory group SAGE revealed that the UK's R rate has risen to between 1.0 and 1.4, following household mixing at Christmas.
From Monday anyone unable to work from home will now be offered a Covid test before setting off on jobs.
The plan is to identify the one in three carriers who have the disease without knowing it and take them out of circulation, reports the Mirror.
Community testing will be rolled out to all of the nation's 317 local authorities to regularly check people without symptoms.
The news comes as Matt Hancock promised every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the autumn.
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