The UK has registered almost 21,000 new cases of coronavirus overnight, as the death toll increased by more than 100.
A further 102 deaths in Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, while a further 20,890 infections were confirmed.
Today’s increase in deaths marks the highest increase on a Monday since May 25, when 104 deaths were recorded.
As a result, the country’s official death toll is 44,998.
However, separate figures published by the Bureau of National Statistics show that 59,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The government said a further 8,890 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus had been registered across the country as of 9 on Monday.
This means that the total number of infections in the UK since the pandemic began to reach 894,690.
Meanwhile, another 91 people who tested positive for coronavirus were confirmed to have died in hospitals in England – leading to a 31910 death in the country.
The patients were between 44 and 95 years old and all had known underlying health conditions, said NHS England.
The update comes when the government faced criticism for looking at the possibility of easing the rules for people ordered to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the disease due to low levels of home compliance.
Ministers confirmed that they were looking at reducing the time that people have to quarantine at home from 14 days to between 10 days and a week. But number 10 insisted that no decision had been made yet.
Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the Today program that it would “certainly increase the risk of transmission” because people infected in the final stages of the incubation period could “come back in public.”
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock cited France as an example of where a similar measure had been put in place, saying any changes would “be about the overall clinical assessment” of what was needed.