UK COVID LIVE: Over 178,000 cases reported among 229 more deaths

Latest Update: Daily figures come as hospital statistics show almost 40% of covid patients being treated primarily for something else

This morning London’s Minister Paul Scully said the COVID trend in London was “encouraging”. (See 9.56 am.) But, as the BBC robert cuff As a helpful Twitter thread points out, they’re popping up everywhere – and even in London the picture isn’t straight. The thread starts here.

Here is our news about the increase in COVID staff absenteeism affecting NHS England.

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