Highest number of daily Covid-19 cases is ‘stark warning’, says health chief

The UK recording the highest single-day figure of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began has been described as a "stark warning" by a top public health official.

As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,634 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the four nations, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 416,363.

Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be "misleading" as it is not clear how many people were actually infected during the height of the first wave due to a lack of community testing at the time.

Testing capacity has greatly increased since then.

But Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said the rise in new cases provides a "clear" signal and insisted people must follow the stricter measures announced this week in order to help control the virus.

She said: "This is the highest number recorded and a stark warning for us all. The signals are clear.

"Positivity rates are rising across all age groups and we're continuing to see spikes in rates of admission to hospital and critical care.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: A banner calling for a "Northern Republic Now' hangs from a pedestrian bridge over Princes Park Way October 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester's leaders including Mayor Andy Burnham will want better financial arrangements for workers affected before they agree for the region to be moved into Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A man cycles past anti-lockdown graffiti in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 as the row over Greater Manchester region's coronavirus status continues. Britain’s government says discussions about implementing stricter restrictions in Greater Manchester must be completed Monday because the public health threat caused by rising COVID-19 infections is serious and getting worse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Hospitality workers protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Hospitality workers are demonstrating outside Parliament against tougher coronavirus restrictions and the amount of financial support given by the government to the industry.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Hospitality workers beat their pans to protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Hospitality workers are demonstrating outside Parliament against tougher coronavirus restrictions and the amount of financial support given by the government to the industry.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A pedestrian passes a mural to NHS workers in Manchester, northwest England as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases on October 19, 2020 - (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff from Chopstix Noodle Bar hand out food parcels from a WWII tracked vehicle to self-isolating students from Manchester Metropolitan University at Cambridge Halls, part of the All Saints students living accommodation blocks, in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 19: First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 November, at the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park on October 19, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in Wales even in areas that are already subject to restrictions. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A man dressed as Darth Vader from Star Wars walks through York's famous Shambles street on October 18, 2020 in York, England. York city has become another of England’s high risk areas placed under 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures as Government data indicates the R number range for the whole of the UK had increased slightly from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week to 1.3 and 1.5. Most notably the change will introduce a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, prompting particular concern within the already badly-affected hospitality industry. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A crew member looks from the wheel house of a river cruise boat on the River Ouse in York on October 18, 2020 in York, England. York city has become another of England’s high risk areas placed under 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures as Government data indicates the R number range for the whole of the UK had increased slightly from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week to 1.3 and 1.5. Most notably the change will introduce a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, prompting particular concern within the already badly-affected hospitality industry. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A member of bar staff puts the outdoor seating in place as the pub opens in the Soho district of London on October 18, 2020, as further restrictions come into force to combat the rising numbers of novel coronavirus covid-19 cases. - Britain's pub industry is bearing the brunt of new restrictions introduced to combat rising coronavirus infection rates. Soaring rates in north-west England have forced stringent restrictions, with pubs only allowed to serve alcohol as part of sit-down meals. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
An anti-lockdown activist argues with police officers on Swiss Court, beside Leicester Square, in London, England, on October 17, 2020. Today sees the first day of 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures across London, meaning 'high' alert for covid-19. Most notably the change introduces a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, generating particular concern within the already struggling hospitality industry. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Police officers take into custody some protesters as members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People enjoy a punt trip along the River Cam in Cambridge, where 223 students resident in the University of Cambridge's Homerton College have been asked to self-isolate following 18 positive cases of Covid-19. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man wearing a facemask walks past a mural painted as part of the Cities of Hope festival in 2016 and highlighting the effects of mental health, in Ancoats, northern Manchester on October 16, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 rises. - The government on Thursday announced more stringent measures but as ministers tightened the screw on social interaction to cut close-contact transmission, they sparked a furious row with leaders in northwest England, where infection rates are highest. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of being "willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere". (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face-mask walks past graffiti declaring that 'the north is not a petri dish' after Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham threatened legal action if Tier 3 restrictions are imposed on the city without agreement, in Picadilly Gardens, central Manchester on October 16, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 rises. - The government on Thursday announced more stringent measures but as ministers tightened the screw on social interaction to cut close-contact transmission, they sparked a furious row with leaders in northwest England, where infection rates are highest. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of being "willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere". (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Commuters wear face-masks during morning rush hour on the Victoria Line of the London Underground in central London on October 16, 2020, as the number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases. - Roughly half of England is now under tougher coronavirus restrictions, after the government on Thursday announced more stringent measures for London and seven other areas to try to cut surging numbers of cases. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, Oct. 15, 2020 -- A woman wearing a face mask walks past a sculpture of Sherlock Holme in London, Britain, on Oct. 15, 2020. Another 18,980 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 673,622, according to official figures released Thursday. The latest figures were released as the British capital, along with some other areas, is placed in a higher level of the government's alert system. (Photo by Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Han Yan via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks to try to curb the spread of coronavirus walk past an image for "Back to the Future the Musical" on a shutter outside the Adelphi Theatre in London, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he expects the government will move the UK capital to a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions later Thursday. The move comes as infection rates in the capital are rising.  Khan says the city will soon reach an average of 100 cases per 100,000, a level some boroughs have already surpassed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaking to the media outside the Central Library in Manchester, he has threatened legal action if Tier 3 restrictions are imposed without agreement. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Customers have their temperature checked before entering premises on October 15, 2020 in London, England. The city is on course for an imminent tightening of coronavirus restrictions, as cases continue to rise in Britain and its response fragments. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
People walk across the London Millennium Footbridge, in London, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. London will be moved into a coronavirus Tier 2 lockdown as part of the British governments new alert system for rising case numbers, starting midnight local time on Friday night into Saturday. The new restrictions will include stopping different households from mixing indoors and people should aim to avoid public transport if they can. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
With new local coronavirus lockdown measures now in place and Birmingham currently set at 'Tier 2' or 'high', a souvenir shop selling Union Jack face masks in the city centre on 14th October 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This is the first day of the new three tier system in the UK which has levels: 'medium', which includes the rule of six, 'high', which will cover most areas under current restrictions; and 'very high' for those areas with particularly high case numbers. Meanwhile there have been calls by politicians for a 'circuit breaker' complete lockdown to be announced to help the growing spread of the Covid-19 virus. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, arrives to visit the Institute of Reproductive and Development Biology, at Imperial College in London, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the London research centre to hear about the work that national charity Tommy's are doing to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings, are pictured on a sign outside the James Atherton Pub in New Brighton' which has been re-named "The Three Bellends" in protest against new local lockdown measures in New Brighton on October 14, 2020 in Liverpool, England. The Liverpool City Region was placed into the highest tier of the government's new three-tier system to assess Covid-19 risk, a designation which forced the area to close pubs and ban household mixing, among other restrictions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Shoppers walk down Oxford Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Unemployment across the U.K. rose sharply in August which is a clear indication that the jobless rate is set to spike higher when a government salary-support scheme ends this month and new restrictions are imposed on local areas to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street wearing a face mask on his way to Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons in London, England, on October 14, 2020. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Pedestrian wearing facemasks walk past advertising for facemasks in central Liverpool, north west England on October 14, 2020, as new local lockdown measures come in to force to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - The northwest city of Liverpool -- the only place put into the highest category -- will see a ban on household mixing and pub closures from today for at least four weeks. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask in Belfast city centre, Northern Ireland, after the Stormont executive announced closures of schools, pubs and restaurants as the region enters a period of intensified coronavirus restrictions in response to spiralling infection rates. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man cleans a window Nottingham city centre, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a new three-tier system of alert levels for England following rising coronavirus cases and hospital admissions. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Member of the public walks past the The Eagle Coaching Inn in Broughty Ferry which has graffiti written on boarding over the windows after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man wears a facemask in Manchester, north west England on October 13, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continue to rise. - The British government faced renewed pressure on October 13, after indications it had ignored scientific advice three weeks ago for tougher restrictions to cut rising coronavirus infections. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Actors and extras pictured during filming of The Batman movie which is taking place this week outside St. George's Hall on October 13, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Filming for the reboot film in the Batman series, directed by Matt Reeves, began in January 2020 but was put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is now due for release in 2020 with Robert Pattinson playing Batman. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a facemask walks past a poster urging people to wear face coverings, in Manchester, north west England on October 13, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continue to rise. - The British government faced renewed pressure on October 13, after indications it had ignored scientific advice three weeks ago for tougher restrictions to cut rising coronavirus infections. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the entertainment industry stand on Matthew Street in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct. 12, 2020, during a show of support for the hard hit sector as Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays out a new three-tier alert system for England. The British government is set to announce new restrictions on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates, under a plan to put areas into three tiers. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 12, 2020, after announcing a new COVID-19 alert system. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered pubs in Liverpool to shut as part of a new strategy to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, as staff at three field hospitals across the country were told to prepare for a wave of admissions. The northwest English city is the first to be placed at "very high risk" under a new three-tiered system designed to bring order what has become a complex web of local restrictions. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of staff pours a drink in the Richmond pub as the TV screen shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement from the House of Commons, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The mayor of Liverpool says his city will be placed under the most stringent level of restrictions in a new three-tier system of measures to slow the transmission of the coronavirus in England. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
People sit in the Dispensary pub in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct 12, 2020. The British government has carved England into three tiers of risk in a bid to slow the spread of a resurgent coronavirus. The northern city of Liverpool is in the highest category and will close pubs, gyms and betting shops. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
People out socialising in Liverpool city centre, ahead of the 10pm curfew that pubs and restaurants are subject to in order to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. Cities in northern England and other areas suffering a surge in Covid-19 cases may have pubs and restaurants temporarily closed to combat the spread of the virus.
People queuing outside a convenience store in Soho, central London, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England.
Retired British Airways Boeing 747-400 parked at Cotsworld Airport in Kemble, England, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The retirement of the Jumbo Jet fleet was brought forward as a result of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the airline and the aviation sector. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Shoppers enjoy a Saturday afternoon beneath newly installed Christmas decorations on 10 October 2020 in Windsor, United Kingdom. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has seen a significant rise in the COVID-19 infection rate over the past week, giving it the second-highest infection rate in South-East England outside London. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Police officers stand guard as members of StandUpX stage a protest against Covid-19 measures and vaccine as they march from Hyde Park to 10 Downing Street passing through Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom on October 10, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds a placard at a protest action against restrictions imposed during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, outside Downing Street, central London on October 10, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected next week to outline a new three-tier lockdown system as rates of coronavirus infection surge particularly in northern England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Jim Connell sets up signs at a new walk-through Covid test centre at The Engine Shed, Stirling, which opens to the public today. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
An employee pulls a pint in the Tib Street Tavern in Manchester, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announces the government will pay two thirds of the wages of staff in pubs, restaurants and other businesses if they are forced to close under new coronavirus restrictions. Cities in northern England and other areas suffering a surge in Covid-19 cases may have pubs and restaurants temporarily closed to combat the spread of the virus. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks past a positive slogan printed on a wall in central Nottingham in central England on October 9, 2020. - Pubs and restaurants in coronavirus hotspots look set to face fresh restrictions after Downing Street said new data suggests there is "significant" transmission taking place in hospitality settings. A "range of measures" is being looked at, with a particular focus on northern England, where it says infection rates are rising fastest. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers sit outside a cafe during their lunch break in London, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during August, raising concerns that the recovery from the coronavirus recession was already stuttering even before the reimposition of an array of lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Notice in the Cineworld Leicester Square, London, confirming it is closed until further notice after owner Cineworld shut hundreds of sites following the financial impact of the pandemic. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Environmentalists, including members of Extinction Rebellion protest against the High Speed 2 project at Euston Station, London, England on October 9, 2020. Activists point that the construction of HS2 will cause more greenhouse emission than a 100 years of use of current means of transport which it replaces. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman rests sits with shopping next to a statue of Paddington Bear in London, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during August, raising concerns that the recovery from the coronavirus recession was already stuttering even before the reimposition of an array of lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in her role as President, Royal Voluntary Service, wears a facemask and faceshield as she serves lunch to Doris Winfield, 86, during her visit to the Royal Voluntary Service Mill End lunch club in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire on October 8, 2020, to meet volunteers who have overcome recent challenges posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to reinstate the much-needed lunch sessions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW MATTHEWS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TfL Transport Support and Enforcement Officer presence at King's Cross underground station, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
DORCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Mark Chilcott checks on his turkeys at his farm on October 07, 2020 in Owermoigne, United Kingdom. Mark Chilcott of free-range Chilcott Turkeys farm has reared 1200 smaller turkeys to cater for the low demand for large birds due to the COVID-19 Rule of Six and smaller gatherings this coming Christmas. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
NORTHWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 06: A mannequin wearing a face mask and nurse's uniform stands next to a sign supporting the NHS, stands in a field during the Covid-19 pandemic on October 06, 2020 in Northwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Men and woman in protective face masks are seen during their lunch break at Canary Wharf financial skyscrapers hub as the second wave of Coronavirus hits London, England on October 6, 2020. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A sign in the window of the student accommodation at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham. Health officials are expecting the city to be placed in lockdown after a surge in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: People wearing face masks walk past fast food stalls on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England. This year to help boost the tourism trade, which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Blackpool Illuminations will remain on display until January, two months longer than normal. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face in Nottingham. Health officials are expecting the city to be placed in lockdown after a surge in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge gestures during a visit to the University of Derby to meet first-year students and to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the start of their undergraduate life, in Derby, England, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The Duchess also checked what measures have been put in place on campus to support their mental health, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday. (Arthur Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Actress Jennifer Saunders speaks to the media following a 'silent stand' outside the Gielgud Theatre, London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020, on behalf of the UK theatre industry. The two minute stand is to show solidarity with those in the UK theatre industry who have lost their jobs and received no government support, to highlight the lack of government guidance for the reopening of theatres, an to ask the government to provide the industry with a date when theatres can reopen without social distancing. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Ciara McCartney walks past a face covering display at Innisfree Newsagents in Belfast. (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)
A handful of people sit and eat in the sun at lunchtime near City Hall, in central London, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R), wearing a face covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks with Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy Greg Jackson, during his visit to the headquarters of energy supplier Octopus Energy in London on October 05, 2020. - The visit coincides with the company's plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in England. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 05: Footprint markers facing in opposite directions and spread apart to show how to socially distance are seen on the floor of an elevator on October 05, 2020 in London, England. Many companies are still choosing to keep their staff at home due to the continued threat of COVID-19 infection, despite attempts by the government to get people back into their offices. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A member of the public wearing a face covering to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus passes COVID-19 public information displays on 4 October 2020 in Slough, United Kingdom. Slough Borough Council confirmed on 2nd October that its coronavirus infection rate is the highest in the south of England and Slough MP Tan Dhesi asked Health Secretary Matt Hancock in Parliament whether the local test centre in Montem Lane could be reverted to permit walk-in and drive-in visits without an appointment. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 04: A general view of the Cineworld cinema on October 4, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The cinema is drawing up plans to close all 128 of its cinemas, putting 5,500 jobs at risk, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the latest James Bond film No Time to Die to be delayed until April. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
People shelter from the rain in Soho, London, ahead of the 10pm curfew pubs and restaurants are subject to in order to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protester demonstrates against Coronavirus lockdown in front of Downing Street as second wave of the pandemic hits the city in London, Engladn on October 3, 2020 (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Stand Up To Racism organisation members protest against proposed by the government offshore detention centres for asylum seekers in front of Downing Street in London, England on October 3, 2020 (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A protester holds a sign at an anti-lockdown protest in Old Market Square, Nottingham, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: A member of staff wearing full PPE disinfects a TV camera amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on October 03, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Scott Heppell - Pool/Getty Images)
A man stands in a NOVID sanitisation booth during a demonstration in Liverpool city centre. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
The front page of the Evening Standard displays the news of US President Donald Trump after he tested positive to Covid-19, in London, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Workers are preparing the area around the Mall for the London Marathon, due on Sunday Oct.4, as it had been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in London, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
A woman walks past an advance warning sign about road closure for the London Marathon, which takes place on October 4, on The Mall in central London on October 2, 2020. - This year's London marathon will be an elite-athlete only event run in a "secure biosphere" due to coronavirus restrictions. "Elite races for men, women and wheelchair athletes will take place on an enclosed looped course in St James's Park in a secure biosphere. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer meets chef Miguel Barclay during a visit to Buck Street Market in Camden, north London, to call on locals to support independent businesses. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mark Cummins using a misting and fogging machine to clean and disinfect the Grand Central venue in Liverpool city centre. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
WARWICK, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: A horse is hosed down after racing at Warwick Racecourse on October 01, 2020 in Warwick, England. Owners are allowed to attend if they have a runner at the meeting otherwise racing remains behind closed doors to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
A worker spray cleans the Beatles statue in Liverpool. New coronavirus restrictions in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will come into force on Saturday morning at one minute past midnight, Downing Street has said. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk through central Warrington, north west England on October 1, 2020, as Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new local restrictions for certain areas in the north west of the country during a resurgence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)
Actors dressed as a pantomime dames pose for photographers as they march on Parliament to demand more support for the theatre sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic in London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LLANDUDNO - SEPTEMBER 30: People walk on Llandudno Pier before new Covid-19 regulations come into effect on September 30, 2020 in Llandudno, United Kingdom. New local lockdown measures will come into force for people living in in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham at 18:00 BST on Thursday. The new regulations will include no travel outside the areas where people live. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A sign in the window of Birley Halls student accommodation at Manchester Metropolitan University, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, after students have been forced to self-isolate at the university following a surge in COVID-19 cases. U.K. authorities are trying to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at universities as some students complained they were being “imprisoned” in their dormitories  Students at universities in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh who have returned to campus in the past few weeks are being asked to self-isolate in their residence halls, with security guards at some schools preventing young people from leaving their buildings. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Photo by: zz/KGC-247/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 9/29/20 Demonstrators are seen on September 29, 2020 in Parliament Square protesting the government mandated closure of the Live Entertainment Arts and Exhibition Events Industries in The United Kingdom due to the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic. (London, England, UK)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Students from Glasgow University look out of the windows of the student accommodation at Murano Street student village on September 28, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish government clarified on Sunday that university students whose accommodation has been placed under covid-19 restrictions are still able to return home, provided they have a "reasonable excuse," such as a family emergency. Hundreds of university students across Scotland have recently tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A man wears a face mask as he passes decorated air vents as part of the London Mural Festival in the City of London, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Lawmakers and scientists have criticized Johnson's Conservative government for problems with the national test-and-trace program that was supposed to help control the spread of the disease and reduce the need for limits on social interactions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
People are silhouetted as they walk over Millennium Bridge in London, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Lawmakers and scientists have criticized Johnson's Conservative government for problems with the national test-and-trace program that was supposed to help control the spread of the disease and reduce the need for limits on social interactions. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Ruislip High School in his constituency of Uxbridge, west London, Monday Sept. 28, 2020. Lawmakers and scientists have criticized Johnson's Conservative government for problems with the national test-and-trace program that was supposed to help control the spread of the disease and reduce the need for limits on social interactions. (Stefan Rouseau/PA via AP)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: (SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) The Liverpool Team Goes through the clinical passport checkpoint before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on September 28, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Students from Glasgow University put signs in the windows of the student accommodation at Murano Street student village on September 28, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish government clarified on Sunday that university students whose accommodation has been placed under covid-19 restrictions are still able to return home, provided they have a "reasonable excuse," such as a family emergency. Hundreds of university students across Scotland have recently tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
POOLE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Luke Jerram's 'In Memoriam' artwork installation on Sandbanks beach on September 27, 2020 in Poole, England. The installation is a memorial for the public to visit and remember all those who have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. The artwork is also a tribute to all the healthcare workers and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
POOLE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Luke Jerram's 'In Memoriam' artwork installation on Sandbanks beach on September 27, 2020 in Poole, England. The installation is a memorial for the public to visit and remember all those who have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. The artwork is also a tribute to all the healthcare workers and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Jeff Hendrick of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 27, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Riot police face protesters who took part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a sign for Cardiff Market in Cardiff, south Wales on September 27, 2020, during preparations for the reinstatement of a lock-down, ahead of a 6pm deadline, as new restrictions are introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus covid-19. - Cardiff will become the first UK capital to go into local lockdown since a national shutdown earlier this year. The new restrictions in Wales, which bar people from entering or leaving areas unless for work, education or another valid reason, will also apply in second city Swansea, from 6pm (1700 GMT) Sunday, and in the town of Llanelli from Saturday. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 27: A woman walks down Caroline Street, an area typically busy with people on a Saturday night, on September 27, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Pubs, bars and restaurants are subject to a 10pm curfew and a local lockdown will come into force for Cardiff and Swansea from 6pm on Sunday. The local lockdown restrictions will be the same as those already affecting people living in Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly, which are already in lockdown. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
A protester (R) gestures to a member of the media (L) as he complains about the wearing of a mask, in Trafalgar Square in London on September 26, 2020, during a 'We Do Not Consent!' mass rally against vaccination and government restrictions designed to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, including the wearing of masks and taking tests for the virus. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A student walks past a sign at Murano Street Student Village in Glasgow, where Glasgow University students are being tested at a pop up test centre, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Cities around the U.K. are imposing new coronavirus restrictions as they race to slow the spread of COVID-19, and London could be next. University students in Scotland were asked not to go to bars and restaurants this weekend. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
Campaigners outside the Department of Health and Social Care office in London protesting over Serco's handling of the test, track and trace system. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Commuters in a tube station at 08:05 in central London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: A sign limiting three items per customer is displayed in a supermarket on September 25, 2020 in Manchester, England. Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets are the first to initiate rations on essential items amid fears of panic buying with the prospect of a second Covid-19 full lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A protester takes part in a demonstration outside the Department of Health and Social Care office in London, over the private company Serco's handling of the British government's coronavirus test, track and trace system, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The protesters were on Friday calling for the test, track and trace system to be carried out by local public health teams who work closely with Britain's National Health Service. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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"We must all follow the new measures that have been brought in to help control the virus and download the new NHS Covid-19 App which is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk."

The app launched in England and Wales on Thursday.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own apps, called Protect Scotland and StopCOVID NI respectively.

The Government also said a further 40 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK's total deaths to 41,902.

Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 57,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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