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The UK has recorded 438 further deaths from coronavirus – the highest number of daily fatalities since February 2021.

tuesday's figures are often higher due to a lag in reporting, saw a further 94,432 cases recorded in the uk.

While cases have trended downwards since reaching an all-time high of 218,724 on 4 January, the number of patients in hospital appears to have plateaued but not significantly decreased.

On 17 January, a total of 19,450 people were in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 Government figures show, down 2 per cent week-on-week, though the total has risen slightly in the most recent two days.

There were 1,892 Covid-19 hospital admissions on 14 January, the latest UK-wide figure available.

713 patients are in mechanical ventilation beds.

"due to these pharmaceutical defences and the likelihood that we have already reached the peak of the case numbers of hospitalisations, i'm cautiously optimistic that we 'll be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week."

health secretary sajid javid told mps : "i have always said that these restrictions should not stay in place a day longer than absolutely necessary.

The department also reported a further 4,081 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, up from the 3,295 cases reported on Monday.

a further 26,502 people have had their first dose and 3,618,605 have had their second dose, while 237,657 single-dose vaccines have been administered.

It comes as Scotland will remove all its Omicron coronavirus restrictions from next Monday, with the first minister confirming the country is on a "downward slope" of infections.

The changes will see nightclubs reopen, the requirement for table service in hospitality come to an end and attendance limits on indoor events lifted.

The paper reports his intention would be to let the country live with the virus.

working from home guidance, and covid passports are set to be scrapped, but face mask rules could remain in the short term.

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has reported six Covid-19-related deaths on Tuesday.

The government counts only those deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive Covid test, which stands at more than 152,000.

there are being treated in intensive care units.

Last updated 18 January at 12:00 GMT Source : Department of Health Northern Ireland The latest figures for the total number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland since the start of the pandemic were published last Wednesday 12 January- and showed that 6,035 had died.

A total of 2,578,601 booster jabs had been administered as of Monday.

The average of people being treated for Covid in UK hospitals has risen by 63 % since the turn of the new year, according to the latest available government data.

The figures come as the government is reportedly considering ending all Covid restrictions in England, including the mandatory isolation period for infectious people.

The isolation period was recently reduced to five days for those with negative lateral flow tests.

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