The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has increased by 60,916 – and another 830 people have died, government figures show.

This is the highest daily total of COVID-19 cases ever recorded in the UK and the first time the number has breached 60,000.

However, mass testing was not taking place during the first peak of the pandemic so it is unclear how many cases were circulating then.

Still, both sets of numbers are up on yesterday – when the official figures showed an increase of 58,784 cases and 407 deaths – and the positivity rate (the percentage of people who received a positive result from a test) has been climbing for weeks.

The number of deaths reported today appears to be a large jump, although Scotland did not report its deaths yesterday and there would have been a lag in reporting after the weekend.

All of those who died – except 25, aged between 56 and 101 – had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths happened between 5 November and 4 January, with the majority being on or after 1 January, and it brings England’s total number of fatalities with coronavirus in hospital to 52,395.

Government data also showed that the number of patients admitted to hospital yesterday was 2,434 – taking the total then, to 14,987.

In another worrying discovery, around 2% of the population in private households in England had COVID-19 between 27 December and 2 January, according to separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ongoing study found an estimated 1.1 million people had the virus in this period, up from around 800,900 over 17 to 23 December.

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News – COVID-19: UK daily cases top 60,000 for first time – with another 830 deaths