A further 42,484 positive tests for Covid-19 have been recorded and another 165 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period, according to government figures.
It puts the UK's Covid death toll - within 28 days of a positive test - at 144,137, while the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic stands at 9,932,408.
The latest figures come as the government urged people in England to take a lateral flow Covid test before they go Christmas shopping this year or head to busy places.
Meanwhile the government in Northern Ireland urged people to work from home where possible.
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In England, there were 36,550 new Covid-19 cases reported, bringing the total number of infections to 8,421,911.
There were 140 more Covid deaths, bringing the nation's death toll to 125,434.
Scotland reported 2,527 more positive tests. The nation has now had a total of 709,399 infections since the start of the pandemic.
There were 17 deaths reported, meaning the death toll stands at 9,495.
There were 1,931 new infections reported in Wales, bringing the total number of positive tests to 493,571.
Welsh authorities reported four new Covid deaths, meaning the nation has a death toll of 6,361.
Northern Ireland recorded 1,476 new cases and four more Covid deaths.
The total number of cases has reached 307,527, while the death toll is 2,844.
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