The country also reported a further 231 coronavirus-related deaths.
The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 149,515, with 17,988 COVID-19 patients still in hospital.
New data revealed that the epicentre of the current COVID outbreak in Britain has moved from London to the North West of England.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that more than 20 National Health Service (NHS) trusts have now declared a critical incident.
“There are 137 trusts, there are 24 which are critical.
It is not entirely unusual for hospitals to go critical over the winter, often with things like the flu pandemic.
“There are very real pressures which I absolutely recognise.
An additional 5,000 doctors and 10,000 more nurses are in place across the country compared to last year.
Meanwhile, an estimated 1.
3 million people in Britain were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of Dec.
6, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.
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