A further 445 coronavirus-related deaths are recorded on Saturday as Public Health England warns “transmission is very high”.
The UK has recorded another 57,725 COVID-19 cases – its highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.
A further 445 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported on Saturday.
The total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK now stands at 74,570, according to government figures.
Saturday is the fifth day in a row that new cases have topped 50,000 in the UK.
Among the latest figures, NHS England reported 383 people had died after testing positive for COVID-19 – most of them occurring on New Year’s Eve.
In England, those who died were aged between 27 and 100, with all but 11 (aged between 36 and 95) having known underlying health conditions.
Yvonne Doyle, the medical director for Public Health England, said: “These numbers are a stark reminder that, as we leave 2020 behind, we are not yet of the woods – transmission is very high and many lives are still tragically being lost.