United Kingdom registered another 47,525 new infections as total cases climbed to 3,211,576. That total is now 3,211,576.
There are indications the latest lockdown is starting to pay dividends.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel told a virtual coronavirus briefing at Downing Street on Tuesday that 35,075 people were now in hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 22 percent when compared with a week ago.
Although the number of deaths reported daily continues to rise, the number of new cases reported daily over the last week has been below a high of 68,053 also recorded on January 8, suggesting lockdown measures were beginning to take effect.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced there had been 79 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.More news: USA trips will need negative COVID test
Similar measures are in place across much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
"There have now been more deaths in the second wave than the first".
Then on February 2 a second known death involving Covid occurred involving a man aged between 55 and 59, followed by a third death, a woman aged between 30 and 34, on February 22.
Speaking to MPs on the Liaison Committee, he said the he was "concerned" about the variant, adding: "I think it's fair to say that there are lots of questions we still have".
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"They are going exceptionally fast", he said, in reference to the vaccination programme.
The number of people who have been reported to have been infected with coronavirus - 23 million - is an underestimate, according to Offit.
But this number, along with data for more recent days, is likely to be revised upwards once more deaths have been registered. Thus far in this second wave, the peak for deaths is 847 on 7 January.
However, beneath this grim news, there is a glimmer of hope elsewhere in the data.
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