The UK has recorded almost 40,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the pandemic began to over 8million.
There were 39,851 new cases recorded on Wednesday, a 17% surge on the 33,869 recorded on the previous day.
According to Public Health England, there were 143 new deaths from Covid-19 bringing the total in the past seven days to 770.
The additional 6,000 daily infections since Tuesday bring the total number of people who have contracted the virus since it broke out in March 2020 to 8,006,600.
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