A further 367 people have died in the UK in the last day, according to government figures, bringing the UK total to 45,365.
The number of deaths reported on Tuesday is the highest daily figure since 27 May, when 422 deaths were reported.
The daily figures of deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, combined with separate figures from the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where the virus has been mentioned on the death certificate, and additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been more than 61,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 22,885 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 917,575.
The government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 22,885 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total to 917,575.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said in a statement: “We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time.
“Each day we see more people testing positive and hospital admissions increasing. Being seriously ill enough from the infection to need hospital admission can sadly lead to more Covid-related deaths.
“We can help to control this virus. We know that by washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and socially distancing we can save lives by slowing the spread of the virus.”