UK registers record 53,135 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours

Britain registers a new daily high of more than 53,000 coronavirus cases, as concern mount about spiraling numbers of positive tests and pressure on health services.

Government figures show 53,135 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, up from 41,385 the previous day, taking the overall number of cases to 2,382,865.

A further 414 deaths have been recorded within 28 days of a positive test, increasing the country’s toll to 71,567.