The UK reports more than 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time since April

The UK has recorded more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for the first time since April as the government struggles to deal with a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus.

The four nations in the UK registered 1,041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus on Wednesday and a further 62,322 new COVID-19 cases, according to official data.

The figures were another reminder of the severity of the crisis when England and Scotland launched new COVID-19 locks this week, with citizens under orders to stay at home.

Tuesday’s data had shown 60,916 new coronavirus infections and 830 deaths. The UK has been among the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, with the highest number of deaths in Europe.