Covid deaths in England and Wales have risen by 68 per cent on the previous week – to the highest total since April.
Official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that 183 fatalities were recorded in the seven days up to July 9.
It is the highest total since 205 deaths in the week to April 30.
A total of 154,334 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.
The highest number of deaths to occur on a single day was 1,483 on January 19.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8 2020.
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The figures comes as part of the latest report from the ONS.
It also said that some 20 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were registered in the week to July 9.
This is up from 11 deaths in the previous week.
In total, 42,587 care home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.
The latest data comes the day after England celebrated ‘Freedom Day’, which saw the majority of social distancing laws relaxed.
Table service has been abolished in pubs, with nightclubs allowed to reopen and the wearing of masks now a personal choice in many settings.
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