The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has soared by 603 with another 13,430 cases recorded.

Tragically the death toll has almost tripled since yesterday when the death toll rose by 205 with 12,330 more cases recorded.

Today's death toll brings the total number of deaths so far to . This is the number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for Covid-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test.

Meanwhile the number of cases of people who have tested positive has now reached .

Last Tuesday, November 24, the number of deaths soared by 608 as a further 11,299 cases were reported.

A medic carries out an ultrasound on a patient

Monday afternoon's official government figures brought the total number of cases to and the total death toll is now . 

A further 422 Covid hospital deaths have today been recorded across the UK over the last 24 hours. 

There were 23 hospital deaths in Wales, 34 in Scotland, 15 in Northern Ireland and 350 in England. 

The figures come on the day before lockdown ends in England.

The latest figures have been released

This morning data was released which shows the number of weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has hit its highest total since May - but there are hopes the second wave is starting to level off.

A total of 2,697 deaths registered in the week ending November 20 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

It is up from 2,466 deaths in the week to November 13 - a jump of 9% - and it is the highest number of deaths involving the virus since the week ending May 15.

The rise of 9% is down from week-on-week increases of 27%, 40%, 41% and 45% in the previous reporting periods, and other recent studies have suggested infections could be levelling off.