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Coronavirus cases in the UK have surged by more than 2,600 as the death toll rose by nine.

Public Health England (PHE) said that as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 2,621 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.

The number of Britons to contract the virus since the start of the outbreak now stands at 371,125.

A further nine people died of the virus across all settings within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 41,637.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

In Northern Ireland there were 109 new infections in the last 24-hour reporting period.

There were two further deaths from Covid-19 reported over the weekend, said the Department of Health has said.

The death toll in Northern Ireland recorded by the department now stands at 570.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a total of 70 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

The statistics show that 22,749 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 22,679 the day before. This is 2.7 per cent of newly-tested individuals.

No deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities in Scotland remains at 2,499.

Speaking at the Scottish government’s coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said she has “serious concern” with the “backlog of test results” for Covid-19 and has raised her fears with the UK Government.

There have been a further 183 cases of Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,573.

Public Health Wales said no further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.