Of the 28 people who lost their lives in England, 25 were in the Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, and all of those who lost their lives were over 60 years old.
One new death was reported in Northern Ireland, and none in Scotland or Wales on Sunday.
On Saturday, the death toll in hospitals rose by 51, more than double the figure at the same time last week.
Today’s figures show 758 new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland and 432 in Wales.
The full death toll in all settings, including nursing homes and the wider community, will be released later today.
Yesterday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 12,872 – nearly double the previous 24-hour record.
The number of cases rose sharply in part because the figure included infections previously missed since September 24.
The deaths were again clustered today in the north of England, where large swathes of the population are under strict local restrictions.
Boris Johnson has offered no hope of loosening national restrictions as the holiday months approach – warning Britons this morning of a ‘bumpy Christmas’ to come.