The UK has recorded nearly 21,000 new cases of coronavirus overnight, with deaths rising by more than 100.
Another 102 deaths linked to Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, while 20,890 other infections have been confirmed.
Today’s increase in the number of deaths marks the largest increase on a Monday since May 25, when 104 deaths were recorded.
This brings the country’s official death toll to 44,998.
However, separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have now been 59,000 recorded deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The government said that as of 9 a.m. on Monday, 20,890 more laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus had been recorded nationwide.
This brings the total number of infections in Britain since the start of the pandemic to 894,690.
Meanwhile, 91 more people who tested positive for the coronavirus were confirmed to have died in hospitals in England, bringing the number of deaths in hospitals across the country to 31,910.
The patients were between 44 and 95 years old and all had known underlying health issues, NHS England said.
The update comes as the government has come under fire for considering the possibility of relaxing the rules for people ordered to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease due to low levels of home care compliance.
Ministers confirmed they are looking to reduce the time people have to quarantine in their homes from 14 days to between 10 days and a week. But Number 10 insisted no decision had yet been made.
Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the Today program that it “would definitely increase the risk of transmission” because people infected during the last stage of the incubation period would “be” allowed to return in public ”.
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock cited France as an example of a country where a similar measure had been introduced and said any changes would be “overall clinical judgment” of what was needed.