The number of UK coronavirus hospital deaths have risen by the sharpest increase since May, with 391 reported on Saturday.
England's hospitals recorded that a further 316 have died of coronavirus, Scotland recorded another 37 deaths, in Wales the death toll rose by 28, and in Northern Ireland a further 10 deaths have sadly been recorded.
The total number of deaths was the highest Saturday increase since May 2 when 469 deaths were reported.
Last Saturday, November 14, the death toll increased by 370. On the previous Saturday, November 7, there were 366 fatalities recorded.
Yesterday the coronavirus death toll in the UK's hospitals increased by 401.
NHS England said that of the 326 people who had died in its hospitals, two of them were aged between 20 and 39.
Health authorities in Scotland said it had 32 deaths from Covid, Wales 31 and Northern Ireland registered 12 fatalities yesterday.
The daily test positivity rate increased to 5.9% from 4.8% the previous day, taking the total positive results in Scotland up to 87,247.
In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said a ten more people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the death toll up to 923.
Following an update which suggested the outbreak might be shrinking on Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that he is “more and more confident” of a return to normality by spring.
The R rate – the number of people each new case infects – is now between 1 and 1.1, down from between 1 and 1.2 the previous week.
A coronavirus vaccine which will start to be rolled out from next month for the elderly and NHS frontline workers, could be available to everyone by early April.
NHS England’s planning document assumes a 75% uptake of vaccine and says up to five million will get the jab every week.