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UK records 26,068 new daily Covid cases, highest since January 29

The UK has reported 26,068 new Covid-19 cases, the third day in a row it has seen more than 20,000 lab-confirmed positive tests.

The figures, as of 9am on Wednesday, are the highest number of cases reported since the start of the year – on January 29, when 29,079 people contracted the virus.

However, the number of deaths is far lower today – with 14 deaths reported compared to 1,245 reported on January 29.

The number of patients who are currently in hospital today after being admitted for Covid stands at 1,720, which is also significantly lower than the 33,847 on January 29.

It is thought the Covid vaccine has significantly weakened the link between getting coronavirus and becoming seriously ill.

Covid cases have been rising sharply in recent weeks as the Delta variant continues to spread across the UK.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there have been more than 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.


Another 21,293 people tested positive for coronavirus in England and a further 11 deaths have been reported on Wednesday.


There were 3,887 new Covid cases in Scotland and three more deaths.


Wales recorded no new deaths from Covid on Wednesday, however the nation reported 513 new cases.

Northern Ireland

There were no deaths from Covid-19 reported in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, but the nation has recorded 375 new cases.