But new cases climbed to 20,964 – one of the highest daily totals of new infections on record.
Daily Health Ministry figures record deaths in all settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and the community.
There have been 113,651 cases of coronavirus recorded in the past seven days alone, and 2,986 deaths.
Between March 2 and December 9, 2020, there were 63,076 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus.
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Between January 31 and December 10, 1,787,783 people had a confirmed positive test result.
So far this week, Wednesday, 533 deaths have been recorded and 16,578 new infections.
While Tuesday saw 616 registered deaths and 12,282 new cases.
On Monday, when the death toll is generally lower due to a lag in reporting over the weekend, 189 deaths and 14,718 new cases were recorded.
As of Thursday, 414 deaths were recorded, along with 14,879 other cases.
The previous Thursday, November 26, 498 deaths were recorded and 17,555 new cases.
The DoH reveals that 1,464 people with coronavirus had to go to hospital on December 3.
Between March 23 and December 3, 227,064 people had to be hospitalized with coronavirus.
There were 15,242 people in hospital with coronavirus on December 8.
Some people who go to the hospital have to use a special device called a mechanical ventilator to help them breathe.
There were 1,243 coronavirus patients in hospital beds equipped with a mechanical ventilator on December 9, 2020.
Earlier today, the NHS reported that the number of UK hospital deaths linked to coronavirus had risen by 386 in the past 24 hours.
One of the victims was under 19.
England reported 289 deaths in hospitals alone, Scotland 50, Wales 33 and Northern Ireland 14, bringing the UK hospital total to 51,464.
For comparison, the death toll in hospitals only on the last Thursday was 381 on Dec.3, 438 on Nov. 26, 431 on Nov. 19, 411 on Nov. 12 and 317 on Nov. 5.
The lowest toll announced on a Thursday was five on August 20, while the highest was 891 on April 9, when the UK was crossing the initial peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
NHS England announced 289 more deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths across England to 43,537.
As usual, the vast majority of those who sadly lost their lives were older, but one was between 0-19 and three between 20-39. 161 others were over 80 years old.
Seventy-seven deaths occurred in the Midlands, 50 in Yorkshire and the North East and 48 in the North West.
Scotland has recorded 50 deaths from the coronavirus and 933 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.
That brings the death toll by this measure – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – to 4,039.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon said 103,305 people had now tested positive in Scotland, up from 102,372 the day before.
The positivity rate of the daily test is 4.7%, compared to 4.6% the day before.
There are 984 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, or 12 in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 52 are in intensive care, an increase of two.
Public Health Wales has reported 33 deaths, bringing its toll to 2,789.
The toll in Northern Ireland has increased from 14 to 1,099.
Today’s figures came as nursing home workers, NHS staff and people aged 80 and over continue to receive the Pfizer / Biontech coronavirus vaccine, with the rollout starting on Tuesday.
The death toll in the UK is higher than in other worst-affected countries in Europe, and the number of people killed by coronavirus is higher only in the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths in recent days, show that there have now been more than 77,000 deaths involving the virus in the UK. .
In April, UK Scientific Director Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs the goal was to keep the death toll below 20,000, describing it as a ‘good result’.