The UK has reported 9,055 new Covid cases, the highest daily total since February.
There were also a further nine coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, according to the latest government data.
The figures compare with 7,673 cases and 10 deaths announced on Tuesday, while 7,540 infections and six fatalities were recorded this time last week.
Today’s number of cases is the highest since 25 February, when 9,985 new infections were reported.
It comes as another 190,033 people had their first dose of a Covid vaccine on Tuesday, taking the total to 42,021,089.