Nearly 3,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the UK in the largest daily figure since May, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitting the rise is “concerning”.
Government figures show there have been a further 2,988 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Sunday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 347,152.
Sunday’s figure is the highest since May 22 when 3,287 cases were recorded, and is also the first 24-hour period when cases passed 2,000 since the end of May.
The tally was an increase on Saturday’s figures of 1,813 new cases.
Scotland recorded 208 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily increase in positive tests for more than 17 weeks.