A total of 6,634 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Thursday, according to Public Health England. This is the highest number in any day since the outbreak began.
Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England said, “This is the highest number recorded and a powerful warning to all of us. The signals are clear. Positivity rates are increasing in all age groups and we continue to see increases in admission rates for hospitals and intensive care units.
“We all need to follow the new measures that have been put in place to fight the virus and download the new NHS Covid-19 app, which is the fastest way to see when you are at risk.”
The government said there had been an additional 6,634 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 416,363.
Experts previously warned that describing the daily number as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected at the height of the first wave, as community testing was not conducted at the time.
The government also said an additional 40 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. That brings the UK to 41,902.
Separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities show that the UK has now registered 57,600 deaths with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.