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The UK has recorded more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time in four months.
Tuesday saw 143 people die who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the 28 days beforehand.
It's the highest daily death toll since June.
The grim new statistic brings the UK's total pandemic death toll to 43,018.
On Tuesday, 17,234 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 634,920.
Britain is currently battling a serious second wave of infections that has seen more people hospitalised with the virus than in the time before a national lockdown was introduced in March.
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Yesterday Boris Johnson announced a new Local Covid Alert Levels system that would see England divided into three tiers of social distancing measures.
In a televised press conference he said the UK has reached "a new and crucial phase" of the pandemic, with cases having risen four times in the last four weeks.
Covid-19 is once again spreading among the elderly and vulnerable, with hospital admissions higher than levels and Nightingale hospitals being warned to prepare for an influx of patients.
"These figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet, and we must act now," the Prime Minister said.
He said urgent measures are needed to prevent the virus from overwhelming the NHS this winter, and the new system would be "simplifying, standardising and in some cases toughening" current restrictions.
However he also said another national lockdown would be "extreme" and "we don't want to go down that route now".
Areas will be ordered into Tier 1 ("medium"), Tier 2 ("high") and Tier 3 ("very high") alert levels under the system, which will take effect from Wednesday.
So far only Liverpool City Region is the only confirmed Tier 3 area in the country.
London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned the capital could be moved from the least-serious level up to Tier 2 or even 3 within the week as the city's cases increase.
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