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Coronavirus UK LIVE: True death toll is over 44,000 as Brits warned of second wave this winter

WARNINGS from the deputy chief medical officer of a possible second wave of coronavirus hit the UK  as deaths hit 34,796. 

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned that Covid-19 may return again in autumn and winter as we currently have over one million Brits left unemployed.

During last night's Downing Street briefing, Prof Van-Tam stated it would take a vaccine "really capable of suppressing disease levels" for the country to be "out of this".

The Department of Health said 34,796 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK, as of 5pm on Sunday.

The news comes on the day many Brits start to return to work as lockdown measures ease, schools are looking to reopen and days after officials said the crucial virus “R” infection rate may have risen over the last week.

On Monday, the NHS added loss of smell and taste to the official coronavirus symptoms list on Monday.

Anyone suffering from either symptoms must now self-isolate for seven days and their family will need to stay indoors for 14 days, under new NHS guidelines.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation Director urged clinicians worldwide to be on "alert" for a condition likened to Kawasaki disease.

The deadly inflammatory syndrome associated with Covid-19 has affected more than 200 children in Europe.

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