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More than 300,000 planned new homes may remain on the drawing board over the next five years, deepening the UK’s housing crisis, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new research predicts.

Stalled construction and the recession will slash the number of new homes being built, with 85,000 predicted to be lost this financial year, according to a study by the property agency Savills with the housing charity Shelter.

Related: Coronavirus slump could delay building of 300,000 homes

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Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from Covid-19 within a 24-hour period, official health ministry figures showed on Monday.The 162 deaths reported on Monday exceed the previous record on 4 April, when the health ministry reported 158 deaths in a day.The Islamic Republic has recorded a total of 10,670 deaths and 225,205 infections from the coronavirus, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a statement on state TV. There have been 186,180 recoveries, she said.

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