UK coronavirus cases increase by 60,916, with another 830 deaths

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has increased by 60,916 – and another 830 people have died, government figures show.

This is the highest daily total of COVID-19 cases ever recorded in the UK and the first time the number has breached 60,000.

Both sets of numbers are up on yesterday, when the official figures showed an increase of 58,784 cases, and 407 deaths.

Separately, NHS England has said that a further 582 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England.

Those who died were aged between 29 and 103. All of them – except 25, aged between 56 and 101 – had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths happened between 5 November and 4 January, with the majority being on or after 1 January, and it brings England’s total number of fatalities with coronavirus in hospital to 52,395.

Government data also showed that the number of patients admitted to hospital yesterday was 2,434 – taking the total then, to 14,987.

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