The UK has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases since June 21, while the number of deaths have jumped by more than 100.
In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday there were a further 1,148 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19, the Government said.
This is the highest jump in confirmed cases since the 24 hours to 9am on June 21, when the number was 1,221.
The Government said a total of 312,789 cases have now been recorded in the UK.
Meanwhile Public Health England (PHE) said 102 new deaths have been reported.
The total number of people who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK now stands at 46,628, as of 5pm on Monday.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 56,800 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
PHE earlier said the coronavirus dashboard was not expected to be updated on Tuesday with the number of newly-reported deaths in the UK because of “technical difficulties with data processing”.
It comes amid reports the Government could soon publish three separate coronavirus daily death tolls.
The Times reported that ministers are pushing for a reporting method that would only include deaths recorded 28 days after a positive test — lowering the current figure by about 10 per cent.
However, Government statisticians are thought to favour a third option, known as “60 days plus”, which uses a two-month cut-off but allows for additions for those who died later after a positive test.
Both new measures are set to be published alongside the existing method for comparison purposes, the paper reported.