A further 1,715 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK on Sunday, the biggest single-day rise since 4 June, government figures showed.
One more person was confirmed dead with Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the UK’s death toll to 41,499, the fifth-highest in the world.
Coronavirus infections have been rising steadily in the UK since the start of July, raising fears of a second spike as autumn approaches.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned of a return of nationwide lockdown measures if infections spiral out of control.
Though cases have been increasing, relatively few people have been admitted to hospital with the disease. As of Sunday, there were 764 people in hospital with the virus, including 60 in ventilator beds.