This is 223 deaths in 24 hours. Nearly 50,000 new cases were also detected on the same day, which suggests a “particularly severe” winter, according to a spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Current restrictions are expected to keep the virus under control, according to the government, which is currently not planning any further measures. But Mr Johnson warned he wasn’t ruling out introducing them if health services were to be overburdened.
Almost 79% of people aged 12 and over have been fully immunized in the country.