Covid-19 cases have soared by their highest number since the start of the pandemic as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the UK.
The latest figures released by the government on Tuesday afternoon show 129,471 new cases in the 24 hours to 9am on that day, a new daily record.
People in England have been told to enjoy themselves but be cautious when celebrating new year, UK care minister Gillian Keegan has said.
Revellers should take a lateral flow test before going out and celebrate in well-ventilated areas, she advised.
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The government is not imposing further Covid restrictions in England, but there are limits on socialising in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
England has reported another record 117,093 cases, while figures from Wales indicate a steep rise before Christmas.
Provisional data in Scotland suggests another 9,360 people have tested positive, down on its record of 11,030 on 26 December. No cases data is available in Northern Ireland due to Christmas holidays.
Meanwhile, England saw another 1,374 Covid hospital admissions on 26 December – the highest number since February.
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A total of 9,546 people are in hospital with Covid in England, official figures show. This is the highest since March but well below the peak of 34,000 in January.
Not all the patients in hospital will have been admitted for Covid – latest data suggests about three in 10 have the virus but were admitted to hospital for something else.
Ms Keegan said that while people should try to enjoy themselves on new year, Omicron was “highly infectious” and they needed to exercise caution.
The hospitality sector said the decision not to add further measures was a “lifeline” for pubs, bars and clubs.
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