The UK has broken yet another grim record for daily numbers of coronavirus cases.

The nation recorded 62,322 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday and 1,041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to official data.

Tuesday's data had shown 60,916 new coronavirus infections and 830 deaths.

The UK has also suffered its worst daily death toll ever in the pandemic.

The previous highest number of Covid-related deaths in a single day was on April 24 when 1,010 people died in the space of 24 hours.

The latest R number (the average number of secondary infections produced by one infected person) is estimated at 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate range of +1% to +6% as of December 23 2020.

The UK has suffered its worst daily death toll ever in the pandemic

A total of 3,129297 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the last seven days.

Meanwhile more than 1.3 million Brits, the vast majority of which are elderly, have so far received the vaccine.

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced everyone over 70 will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by February 15.

Speaking from Downing Street, Boris Johnson said: "We are doing our best to throw an invisible shield around the elderly and the vulnerable in the form of vaccination to begin to bring this pandemic to an end."

The NHS aims to offer a vaccine to all over-70s by February 15

By February 15 the NHS is committed to offering everyone in the top 4 priority groups a vaccine.

That includes care home staff, front-line NHS staff, anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged over 70.

Mid-February is also when the latest national lockdown, which came into effect this week, is due to be reviewed for the first time.

More than 1.3 million Brits, the vast majority of which are elderly, have so far received the Covid vaccine

Meanwhile a new interactive map shows the extent of coronavirus rates in different parts of the UK amid the national lockdown.

The map divides the country into local authorities and is led by Department of Health data.

It can be viewed here.