A further 43,676 positive tests for Covid-19 have been recorded and another 149 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 144,286, while the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic stands at 9,974,843
The latest figures come a day after 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, Germany is set to mark 100,000 Covid deaths this week, a milestone other western European countries, including the UK and France, passed several months ago.
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In England, there were 36,511 new Covid-19 cases reported, bringing the total number of infections to 8,457,187.
There were 129 more Covid deaths, bringing the nation's death toll to 125,563.
Scotland reported 3,080 more positive tests. The nation has now had a total of 709,399 infections since the start of the pandemic.
There were nine deaths reported, meaning the death toll stands at 9,504.
There were 2,154 new infections reported in Wales, bringing the total number of positive tests to 495,724.
Welsh authorities reported seven new Covid deaths, meaning the nation has a death toll of 6,368.
Northern Ireland recorded 1,931 new cases and nine more Covid deaths.
The total number of cases has reached 309,458, while the death toll is 2,851.
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