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The UK has experienced its highest-ever increase in daily coronavirus cases.
An further 7,143 cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Tuesday, compared with 4,044 on Monday.
The previous highest increase was 6,874 cases which were reported on September 25.
The Government also said a further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday.
This brings the UK total to 42,072.
Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been nearly 57,900 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The overall number of cases confirmed in the UK as of 9am on Tuesday is 446,156, according to the Government's coronavirus dashboard.
England reported another 5,651 cases, Scotland 806, Wales 366 and Northern Ireland 320.
On Monday, a further 4,044 new infections across the country were confirmed, the lowest daily rise for eight days.
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It comes following the news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to hold a press conference with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance on Wednesday.
The PM will deliver another update as much of Britain is now gripped by the second wave of Covid-19.
Swathes of England, including Newcastle, were plunged under tighter lockdown restrictions making it illegal to meet people outside your household.
Mr Johnson gave a televised address last week as he announced the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs – a move that has sparked backlash from critics claiming it is doing more harm than good.
It is not thought that the leader will announce any new restrictions but it is likely he will address the skyrocketing numbers of coronavirus infections.
In his speech last week, the PM said restrictions could last six months as the virus sweeps across Britain as we head towards winter.
And he warned that “significantly greater restrictions” could be put in place if the R rate fails to drop below 1.
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