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UK reports record daily figure of 7,143 COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: A social distancing mark is seen on the floor of the Middlesbrough's Town Hall that was converted into a makeshift court, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Middlesbrough, Britain September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain reported 7,143 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest single figure to date, and 71 deaths, the biggest toll since July.

Lockdown measures are being imposed across the country as the government tries to limit the spread of the virus.

The 71 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test is the highest level since 97 fatalities were recorded on July 1.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison