A further 30,501 positive tests for coronavirus were reported on Sunday, as hospitals in parts of the UK warn they are at risk of being overwhelmed.
Another 316 people died within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the total to 70,752.
The true numbers are likely to be higher as some parts of the UK are not reporting data over Christmas.
Northern Ireland has not reported cases or deaths and Scotland has not reported deaths.
It comes as doctors in Scotland warned that the health system was “severely stretched” and a Welsh hospital made an urgent appeal for help with Covid-19 patients on Saturday night.
Wales recorded 70 deaths on Sunday of people who had contracted coronavirus.
Meanwhile, London Ambulance Service said it had been dealing with more than 400 calls an hour on Sunday afternoon and urged people to only call 999 in an emergency.
With almost 8,000 calls on Boxing Day, demand for ambulances in London almost matched 16 March, one of the service’s busiest ever days.
Crews arriving at one London hospital had a typical wait of six hours before they could hand over patients to overstretched hospital staff.
One paramedic told the BBC that some patients had been treated in ambulance bays because of a shortage of beds.
An LAS memo said the rising demand was down to the “rapid spread of the new variant of the Covid-19 virus”.
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, said hospitals in London and the south of England were under “real pressure” due to demand from Covid-19 and other conditions, as well as staff absence.
“The public should be under no illusions that this is one of the most challenging times for the NHS,” she said.
Read more: More BBC propaganda without context: UK records 30,000 new cases (with a test not testing for the ‘virus’ and the more you test the more fake ‘positives’ you get) and 316 deaths which are people who died from ANY cause within 28 days of a ‘positive’ test not testing for the ‘virus’