COVID-19: UK records 55,892 COVID cases – highest ever daily total

The UK has recorded 55,892 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – the highest figure on record.

Tuesday’s figure of 53,135 cases was the previous highest since the pandemic began.

The number of deaths reported today is 964.

The 981 deaths reported on Wednesday was the highest number reported on a single day since 24 April.

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It brings the total number of UK cases so far to 2,488,780 and the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test to 73,512.

Earlier, it was revealed the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England a week has increased by 33%.

A total of 232,169 people tested positive at least once in the week to 23 December, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.

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