The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 310, with a further 24,701 new infections confirmed.
The tragic figure – a 62% rise in deaths compared to last week – was released by the Department of Health and Social Care after health authorities earlier said 248 deaths had occurred in hospitals.
Latest data shows 9,520 people are in hospital, of which 902 are in ventilator beds.
Wales saw its highest rise in six months, with First Minister Mark Drakeford posting on Twitter : “I am deeply saddened the number of coronavirus deaths in Wales reported over the past 24 hours is 37 – the highest number in more than 6 months.
“My thoughts are with the families and friends who are mourning the loss of a loved one.”
NHS England confirmed 174 died in England, while there were 28 casualties in Scotland and nine in Northern Ireland.
A week ago the overall number of deaths was 191, while a fortnight ago it was 143.