UK reports 194 new COVID-19 deaths, seven-day total up 29%

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FILE PHOTO: Mass Covid testing in Liverpool under the first trial of whole city testing in England

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom reported a total of 194 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, up from 156 a day earlier, and data showed the weekly total of 2,385 deaths was up by 28.6% compared with the previous seven-day period.

Government data also recorded 21,350 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the cumulative total across the country to 1.213 million. The seven-day total of 159,502 new cases was almost unchanged compared with the previous seven days.

The data on deaths uses the government's preferred measure: people who died within a period of 28 days after testing positive for the virus.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Michael Holden)

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