The UK suffered more than 900 coronavirus-linked deaths in 24 hours in the worst daily spike yet.
Some 938 further deaths of Covid-19 patients have been confirmed, in a tally of figures released by each nation individually.
The new figures mean a total of 7,097 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Tuesday.
The Department of Health said, as of 9am on Wednesday, 232,708 people have been tested of which 60,733 tested positive.
Overall, 282,074 tests have concluded, with 14,682 tests on Tuesday.
It comes as the Government continues to try to push up test numbers.
The Government has set a daily target of 100,000 tests to be achieved by the end of April, while the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the total number of tests conducted at drive-through sites for NHS staff has now reached 9,069.
In all, more than 20,000 NHS staff and their family members have been tested for the disease.
The UK remains on lockdown over the virus and is in its third week of such restrictions.
These are set to be reviewed “on or around” Monday, according to the Prime Minister’s spokesman.
However, it is expected the measures will be extended.
Former Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who also later served as foreign secretary, said he does not think the nationwide lockdown restrictions will be lifted next week.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One, the chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee said: “As we’ve seen from Italy and other countries, you don’t get a peak and then an immediate reduction, you stay at that peak level for some time.”
He added: “I think it’s perfectly reasonable to say that the lockdown is going to need to continue for a while and we don’t need to take this decision at the beginning of next week.”
Source: Evening Standard UK