The UK has recorded another daily high in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
As of 9 a.m. as of Thursday, there had been 55,892 other laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK.
Just two days ago, the number of cases considered the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic was 53,135.
Today’s tally brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,488,780.
Another 964 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the UK total to 73,512.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths in recent days, show that there have now been 89,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said: ‘We know that the overwhelming majority of deaths reported today are people who have sadly died in recent days. Every life lost due to this disease is a sadness. It is imperative that we all act now to protect our families and friends.
“We’ve all had to make huge sacrifices this year, but be sure to keep your distance from others, wash your hands and wear a mask. A New Years night will mean you drastically cut back on your social contacts and can help stop the spread of the virus. “