This is the highest daily total since February 26, according to government statistics.
Today, 17 more deaths have been reported within 28 days of a positive Covid result, according to official figures.
Last Friday, June 4, the UK recorded 6,238 new cases of Covid, a 49% increase in infections reported the previous Friday.
At the same time last week, 11 deaths were also tragically reported.
The latest figures come as the estimated Covid-19 ‘R’ breeding number in England has risen to between 1.2 and 1.4 with the daily growth rate of infections also rising from last week, said the UK Department of Health on Friday.
An R-value between 1.2 and 1.4 means that on average, 10 infected people will infect between 12 and 14 other people.
Amid the surge in cases, fears are growing that the June 21 lockdown date could be delayed – with Boris Johnson ready to make a decision on Monday.
Scotland has recorded 1,104 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish government figures.
A total of 244,714 people have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.
No new deaths have been recorded, meaning the toll by this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – remains at 7,679.
The positivity rate for daily tests is 4.1%, compared to 2.8% the day before.
A total of 132 people were hospitalized Thursday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up eight the day before, with 13 intensive care patients, down one.
So far, 3,459,063 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 2,375,246 have received their second dose.
In a note on the data, Public Health Scotland said changes in laboratory processing of samples at the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab meant the numbers reported on Thursday were lower than expected by around 150 to 200 positive cases.
In Wales, 118 more positive coronavirus cases were reported today, with no new deaths.
Northern Ireland has recorded 121 positive cases and one death in the past 24 hours.
A total of 59,032,003 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and June 10, according to NHS England data, including the first and second doses, an increase of 422,093 the day before.
NHS England said 34,321,990 were first doses, an increase of 173,443 the day before, while 24,710,013 were a second dose, an increase of 248,650.
It comes as the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE), released on Friday, show 42,323 cases of the Delta variant first identified in India have been confirmed in the UK, up 29,892 from last week.
He estimates the strain is 60% more transmissible compared to the previously dominant Alpha, or Kent, variant, and cases are doubling every four and a half days in parts of England.
The Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Coronavirus, Layla Moran, said the numbers should “sound the alarm bells in the government.”
MP Lib Dem added: “These figures are expected to sound the alarm to the government as June 21 approaches.
“The government must immediately explain to the public whether this exponential growth suggests the country is in line for a severe third wave, and if so what it is doing to prevent it. “