The UK has recorded its highest daily increase in the number of COVID-related deaths of the pandemic, with 1,325 fatalities.
Government figures also show the UK recorded 68,053 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily total of the pandemic so far.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that as many as one in 20 people have coronavirus in the capital’s infection hospots.
The mayor’s grim assessment came after he declared a “major incident” across the city as the spread of Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm NHS services.
“You’ll be aware that across the country on average one of 50 people have this virus. In London, on average, it’s one out of 30.
“In parts of London it’s one out of 20.”