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UK confirmed COVID-19 cases surge past one million mark

Commuters use an escalator at an underground station, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London Britain, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom on Saturday passed one million confirmed COVID-19 cases, a new milestone as the government considers a new national lockdown in England.

“Between 31 January and 31 October 2020, there have been 1,011,660 people who have had a confirmed positive test result,” the government said.

Cases rose by 21,915 from the previous day. The death toll increased by 326.

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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