A further 830 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday
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The number of people that have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK has surpassed Monday’s record daily total.
The government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 60,916 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.
A further 830 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 76,305.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 91,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England, said: “The rapid rise in cases is highly concerning and will sadly mean yet more pressure on our health services in the depths of winter.
“That is why if we can, we must stay at home, reduce contacts and do everything possible to break the spread of this virus.
“It is by no means easy, but now more than ever we must all do our part to protect the NHS and save lives.”
There have been 3,075 patients admitted to hospital since Monday bringing the total of coronavirus patients currently in hospital to 23,857.
A further 582 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 52,395, NHS England said on Tuesday.
Patients were aged between 29 and 103. All except 25, aged between 56 and 101, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between November 5 and January 4, with the majority being on or after January 1.
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