The PM has defended Dominic Cummings (Picture: Getty)

The UK’s official coronavirus death toll across all settings has risen to 36,793.

As of Sunday, 8,951 people are in hospital with Covid-19, down 11% from 10,085 this time last week.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is facing a growing backlash after using Sunday’s daily press briefing to defend Dominic Cummings.

He said he believed Dominic Cummings did the right thing by travelling 260 miles to his parents’ home in Durham with his wife, who was suffering from coronavirus symptoms, and their four-year-old son.

The PM said his aide had ‘acted responsibly, legally and with integrity’ and that ‘any parent would frankly understand what he did’.

Tory backbenchers have since torn into Mr Johnson over his handling of the row, while scientists claimed that the defence of Mr Cummings’ interpretation of the lockdown rules undermined efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.