The UK has recorded 58,784 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.
It is the seventh day in a row that there have been more than 50,000 daily cases.
Some 2,713,563 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK.
Government figures also show there have been 407 more deaths in the past 24 hours.
The prime minister said earlier today that tougher measures were coming in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, with an announcement due at 8pm.
Boris Johnson warned there were “tough, tough” weeks ahead in the UK’s fight against Covid-19.
He added: “If you look at the numbers, there’s no question we will have to take tougher measures and we will be announcing those in due course.”
It takes the total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive COVID test in the UK to 75,431 – though figures are sometimes lower after the weekend due to delays in reporting.