The UK death toll for coronavirus has risen to 2,921 – up by 569 from the day before.
Meanwhile, more than 33,700 people have tested positive for the virus as of Thursday, according to government figures.
The new death toll, which counts the number of hospitalised patients who have died, was a daily increase of 24 per cent.
More than 163,100 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the UK as of Thursday morning, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Public Health England (PHE) said 10,657 tests were carried out in England on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson, the prime minister, has said the UK will “massively” increase its testing for the virus as the government continues to face intense pressure over its policy.
Speaking from self-isolation on Wednesday, the PM said the government needed to “massively ramp up” testing NHS staff so those who are self-isolating unnecessarily can return to work.
It came as Professor Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of PHE, claimed “everybody involved is frustrated” by the low number of tests being carried out.
He pointed to ongoing capacity issues and said the “core priority” until now has been testing hospital patients with suspected Covid-19.