More than three million people in the UK have now had Covid – a grisly total that’s soared by hundreds of thousands of in the last three weeks alone. The rapid spread of the illnes is leading to growing horrors among scientists that England’s current lockdown is not strict fairly. They’re warning that better compliance and fewer exceptions may now be needed.

In the last 24 hours – a further 59,937 occurrences have been confirmed.

Another one thousand and thirty five deaths have been reported.

The total number of UK fatalities unhappily stood at 80,868.

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