The UK has recorded more than 50,000 cases of Covid a day for first time since the last lockdown restrictions were lifted.
As of 9am on Thursday there had been a further 52,009 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said, which is the highest number of daily reported cases since July 17.
The government said a further 115 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 139,146.
Meanwhile, 959 people were admitted to hospital – the highest since September 9.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 164,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.