Covid news - live: UK virus deaths rise to highest daily figure since May as surging cases force more hospitals to cancel surgery

Samuel Osborne and Andy Gregory
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 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has seen its sharpest daily rise since late May, after 367 more fatalities were recorded in 24 hours.

Health bosses in Leeds and Nottinghamshire became the latest to be forced to postpone hospital operations, with the former now dealing with more Covid patients than at the pandemic’s peak in April and the latter becoming the first NHS trust to again start cancelling cancer surgeries.

Meanwhile, a group of 50 Conservative MPs representing northern constituencies has called on Boris Johnson to provide a “road-map out of lockdown”, warning him that the pandemic threatens his election pledge to “level-up” the country and risks “sending the north into reverse”.