Covid UK news LIVE – 1/3 UK deaths now due to coronavirus after deadliest EVER day, plus Boris’ Easter lockdown lift

GERMAN officials have discovered another mutant variant of coronavirus that is different to strains in the UK and South Africa.

It is not yet clear whether the new strain is more transmissible than other variants already in circulation.

The worrying discovery comes as here in the UK, it’s been revealed that Boris Johnson has begun top secret planning for millions to meet loved ones this Easter.

The Sun has learnt that Cabinet Office civil servants have begun building a detailed “unlocking framework” to gradually ease Covid restrictions area by area.

But the PM has cracked the whip amid lagging vaccine numbers, particularly after the UK suffered its worst day for coronavirus deaths ever, new data has revealed.

Tuesday’s figures showed that 1,610 people died in the UK within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test according to data gathered in the previous 24 hours. 

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