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More than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK in the last 24 hours.

As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,105 lab-confirmed cases, bringing the total to 374,228, the Government said.

A further 27 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday.

This brings the UK total to 41,664.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed there were 78 deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales in the week to September 4, 23 fewer than the 101 announced last week.

However the fall – the lowest total since the start of the pandemic – is attributed to the week in question including the August bank holiday, when deaths are not registered.

The ONS data shows dips in registered deaths from all causes in the weeks ending May 8 and May 29 – which both contained bank holidays.

It is the twentieth consecutive week that the number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 has fallen, and the lowest number since the week ending March 13, when five deaths were registered.

All figures are provisional and based on death registrations, which can result in a lag between the date the person dies and when it is recorded.

Over the past week daily cases have been rising, with one top scientist saying they are worried the UK may be “on the edge of losing control”.

It is not yet known how this will impact deaths, given the time it takes for someone to become infected with Covid-19 and for symptoms to appear, and for that person to then become ill enough to be admitted to hospital and either recover or die.

Some 52,420 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to September 4, and had been registered by September 12.

Figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,231 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to September 6, while 877 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to September 4 (and had been registered up to September 9), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 57,528 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.