Britain reported 54,940 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a slight drop from the number on Saturday, and 563 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test, government data showed.
The latest data takes the total number of fatalities within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test to 81,431.
Deaths had been above 1,000 for four consecutive days before Sunday, although the numbers at the weekend are often lower due to delays in collecting the data.
There have been 3,072,349 confirmed cases in Britain since the pandemic began – the fifth-highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Africa passed the milestone of three million confirmed cases Covid-19, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Africa accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in South Africa could be because the country carries out more tests than many other African countries.
South Africa is battling a resurgence of the disease, driven by a variant of the virus that is more contagious and spreading quickly.