The UK has recorded 17,540 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours - 3,300 more than yesterday. A total of 77 deaths have been recorded within 28 days of a positive test, a rise from the 70 deaths reported on Wednesday. The latest numbers follow several days of confusion as around 16,000 cases in England were missed by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.Coronavirus patients in England hospitals has also risen to 3,044 compared to 2,944 yesterday - the highest since 22 June.Public Health England (PHE) has expressed concern about rising hospital admissions.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director for PHE, said: "We are seeing a definite and sustained increase in cases and admissions to hospital.
"The trend is clear and it is very concerning."
There have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies.It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the UK has reached "perilous moment" in coronavirus pandemic.Speaking at the NHS Providers annual conference on Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are at a perilous moment in the course of this pandemic.