A graph showing the number of deaths during the pandemic
There have been another 33,364 confirmed cases of coronavirus announced in the UK, with another 215 deaths.
It brings the total number of deaths to 67,616 and the total number of cases to 2,073,511.
It follows a record day for cases yesterday, when the total number passed two million and there were 35,928 new cases reported.
The figures were released amid a day of chaos as more than 30 countries suspended travel from the UK, including France, Germany and Italy.
They took action over fears of a mutated strain of coronavirus which is believed to be driving cases in the south east of England and London.
Boris Johnson plunged London and much of the south east into a strict tier four lockdown to try and deal with the new strain, which is believed to be more transmissible.
Cases have risen by 33,364 today
A sign warns shoppers in the centre of Bristol of the tier 2 high alert today (Picture: PA)
There is an indication that the new variant of coronavirus infected more children, a scientist on the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats advisory group (NervTag) has said.
Speaking at the NervTag Q&A briefing on the new variant, hosted by Science Media Centre, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said there was strong evidence the new mutant strain is 50% more transmissible than the previous virus.’
Boris Johnson previously said it could be up to 70% more transmissible.
Mr Ferguson added: ‘We will need to gather more data to see how it behaves going forward.
‘There are other epidemiologically interesting trends with virus, there is a hint that it has a higher propensity to infect children … but we haven’t established any sort of causality on that, but we can see that in the data.’