The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus has risen to 1,062 – the biggest daily rise since June.
Figures released by the government on Sunday revealed that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 1,062 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.
The data also revealed the total number of people to die of the virus in hospitals, care home and the wider community was 46,574 – up eight from the day before.
Both Scotland and Wales reported no further deaths.
Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 56,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Today's figures revealed the largest rise of people testing positive since June 25 – when 1,118 cases were reported in a single day.
Earlier, Sir David King, a former government chief scientific adviser, warned he UK could be heading back into full lockdown by the end of the month if the shambolic track and trace system is not fixed.
The 80-year-old said : “We need a proper test and trace system by September. Otherwise full school opening will put us right back.”
The statistics come as there were no further deaths recorded in Merseyside.
Public health bosses in Liverpool have implemented measures to try and stamp out community outbreaks of coronavirus and have warned that the situation is likely to " get worse before it gets better".
The highest number of new hospital deaths were recorded in Birmingham, which saw a total of three deaths.
In Merseyside, the current hospital death totals for coronavirus are as follows:
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust – 4
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – 4
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 19
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (The Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals) – 473
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – 3
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – 151
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 209
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust – 10
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 238
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 137