The United Kingdom has recorded 2,988 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period — the highest daily number since May, according to government figures published on Sunday.

The UK’s total number of recorded cases now stands at 347,152.

In addition, two Covid-19 patients have died, bringing the UK government’s official death toll to 41,551.

In response to the new figures, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Cases rising across the UK – 2988 being reported today compared to 1813 yesterday. This reminds us again of the need to be very vigilant and comply with all the facts.”

Comparisons should be made with caution because the number of tests being processed has increased since May.