The Department for Health has confirmed a further 33,470 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 9am on Thursday. This figure represents an increase of more than almost a third on the previous day. On Wednesday the department confirmed 22,950 new cases of the virus.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 1,290,195.
The sharp rise comes a week to the day after England entered a new national lockdown.
The Government department is yet to release the updated number of fatalities, but yesterday the UK surpassed the bleak milestone on 50,000 deaths.
A further 595 deaths were recorded within 28 of a positive COVID-19 test – the highest daily figure since May 12 – sending the total number of fatalities to 50,365.
More to follow..