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Alok Sharma starts by confirming the latest infection figures and number of deaths, which were announced earlier.
He says 2,352 people who tested positive for the virus have died in UK hospitals, a rise of 563 on yesterday’s figure.
He adds that a total of 152,979 people have been tested for the virus, of whom 29,474 returned a positive result.
The number of people currently in hospital with the virus has risen to 10,767, the largest numbers in London and West Midlands.
He says “all our thoughts and prayers” are with those who have lost loved ones, adding that the death of a 13-year-old shows the virus is indiscriminate in who it targets.
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