The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has jumped by 49.
The Government said 46,413 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 56,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Government also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 950 lab-confirmed cases. Overall, a total of 308,134 cases have been confirmed.
England reported five further deaths in the country’s hospitals, while Wales confirmed another three.
Both Scotland and Northern Ireland have now gone three weeks with no new fatalities.
The total deaths among Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country now stand at 33,994.
The highest number of hospital deaths on a Thursday was recorded on April 9, during the peak of the outbreak.
On that day, 881 fatalities were confirmed in just 24 hours.
Since then, the figures have gradually declined, with 19 deaths confirmed on July 23, and 14 last Thursday.
However, fears that a second wave of the pandemic could hit the country in the coming months continue to plague health officials.
NHS data released today shows the number of coronavirus cases across England increased by 713 between July 23-29.
It marks a 17 per cent rise in infections and indicates the dangers have not subsided.