Another 569 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 2,921.
The number of deaths, tallied in the 24 hours up to 5pm on Wednesday, is again the UK’s largest daily increase so far.
A total of 563 people were reported as dying with COVID-19 the previous day.
The Department of Health said as of 9am on Thursday 33,718 people had tested positive for the virus across the UK.
Number of deaths in each country, as reported by each individual home nation:
- Scotland: 50 more deaths – a total of 126
- Wales: 19 more deaths – a total of 117
- England: 561 more deaths – a total of 2,698
- Northern Ireland: six more deaths – a total of 36
The Department of Health compiles its death figures from data supplied by the health agencies of the four nations.