The UK has recorded another 14,162 coronavirus cases.
Wednesday’s figure is a slight fall compared with the 14,542 new infections announced yesterday.
The latest numbers follow several days of confusion as 16,000 cases in England were missed by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.
The government said a further 70 people had died within 28 days of testing for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, a fall from the 76 deaths reported the previous day. This brings the UK total to 42,515.
There have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies have shown.
It was also announced that 2,944 COVID-19 patients were in hospital in England as of Wednesday – up from 1,958 a week ago.
Meanwhile, 376 COVID-19 hospital patients were in ventilation beds, up from 281 a week ago.
And a total of 472 patients with confirmed coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in England on Monday, compared with 308 a week earlier.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing fresh pressure to consider a tighter national lockdown as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said 19 of the 20 areas subjected to local measures for two months had seen infection rates increase at Prime Minister’s Questions earlier.
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