Another 3,497 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, government figures show.

The number of new cases is a 36% increase on last Saturday, when 2,594 new infections were confirmed nationwide.

A further nine people have died within 28 days of returning a positive test – all of them in England.

This brings the total number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the UK to 41,623, the official figures show.

However, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies claim there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where the virus was mentioned on the death certificate.

Over the past 24 hours, England registered 3,008 cases – with 221 in Scotland, 164 in Wales, and 104 in Northern Ireland.

Across the UK, 365,174 people have tested positive for coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The article is originally published at SKY news