THE UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 41,501 today after another two people died with the deadly bug.
And a further 1,406 people were diagnosed with the virus as case numbers surge to their highest levels since the start of June.
The Government also said that as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 1,715 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus. Overall, 334,467 cases have been confirmed.
It comes after the UK recorded just one new death on Sunday.
The official Government figures differ from those released separately by devolved authorities.
NHS England said on Monday that a further four people who tested positive for coronavirus lost their lives in English hospitals.
This brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England’s hospitals to 29,554, it said on Monday.
The patients were aged between 58 and 75 and all had a known underlying condition.
The dates of the deaths ranged from June 16 to August 29.
Another three deaths have been reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Meanwhile, 58 new confirmed cases in Northern Ireland
Another 58 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said.
No new deaths were reported.
There have also been no new coronavirus deaths reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday that160 new cases have been recorded.
A total of 2,494 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus.
But, speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the First Minister said 20,478 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 160 from 20,318 the day before.
She said the increase was “undoubtedly a concern” and any patterns in the cases are being examined.
Four of these new cases are in the Grampian health board area, 69 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 27 in Lanarkshire and 14 in Tayside.
There are 258 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of seven in 24 hours.
Of these patients, five were in intensive care, no change from the previous day.