The UK has recorded more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for the first time since April.
The four nations recorded 1,041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus on Wednesday and 62,322 new coronavirus cases, according to official data.
It is the first time fatalities have topped 1,000 since 21 April, when 1,224 people died. The death toll now stands at 77,346.
A total of 2,836,801 positive cases have now been reported in the UK.
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The UK recorded more than 60,000 coronavirus cases in daily figures for the first time on Tuesday, and the number of new daily cases has been over 50,000 for the last eight days.
The news is another reminder of the severity of the crisis as the UK struggles to deal with a new, more infectious variant of the virus.
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