The coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours, according to the health ministry, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352.
The announcement on Wednesday came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll – another 864 people – while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417.
In the United States, the death toll has exceeded 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 200,000.
Meanwhile, Iran’s death toll exceeded 3,000 with 138 new fatalities as the United Nations chief warned the pandemic is the “worst crisis” to face the world since World War II.
Globally, more than 44,000 people have died, about 900,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 190,000 have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.