This is a national tragedy. As I said to the Prime Minister today, tougher measures are going to be needed. Why on earth are restrictions weaker than last March?
A further 1,564 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began.
The previous highest daily toll was on Friday, when 1,325 people were reported to have died. The latest deaths bring the UK’s total number to 84,767, according to the government.
However, the latest figures suggest more than 100,000 people have died of coronavirus, based on the latest statistics for people who died with Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate combined with deaths occurring within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19.
Responding to the government’s daily reported deaths total, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said: "With each passing day, more and more people are tragically losing their lives to this terrible virus, and today we have reported the highest number of deaths on a single day since the pandemic began."
The government also said a further 47,525 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 9am on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 3,211,576.
Meanwhile, the number of people who have been given a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine stood at 2,639,309 million, up 207,661 from Tuesdays figures. So far 428,232 second doses have been administered in the UK.
The prime minister said the process of protecting people from coronavirus is already going "exceptionally fast" but "at the moment the limit is on supply" of the vaccine.