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Covid: UK reports 99,652 infections and 270 deaths

Another 99,652 people have been found to be infected with Covid-19 in the UK in 24 hours, figures show.

The number was down by nearly 10,000 on the 109,133 new infections recorded in the previous 24 hours.

And another 270 people have died within 28 days of a positive test, according to government statistics – a fall compared with the 335 deaths reported on Thursday.

However, new analysis suggests tens of thousands of new cases are not being included in the official daily figures.

An average of 114,600 new cases were recorded each day in the week to 23 December, according to the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

But the true figure might have been more than three times that number, according to estimates published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It means more than one-and-a-half million new cases of coronavirus could have been missed from the official figures in the week before Christmas.

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