TThe UK has recorded 489 more coronavirus deaths with more than 28,000 new confirmed cases of the virus.
The daily death toll is higher than the 424 deaths reported by the government last Friday.
This brings the official death toll to 66,541. But separate figures released by UK statistical agencies suggest there have now been 82,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The government said as of 9 a.m. on Friday there had been 28,507 other laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK.
This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,977,167.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus deaths in English hospitals rose by 317 on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 45,783, NHS England said on Friday.
The patients were between 35 and 100 years old. All but eight, aged 60 to 97, had known underlying health issues.
The deaths took place between November 4 and December 17. Twenty-six other deaths have been reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.
Last week, the R number was between 0.9 and 1.R represents the average number of people that each person positive for Covid-19 infects. When the number is greater than 1, an epidemic can grow exponentially.
An R number between 1.1 and 1.2 means that on average, every 10 infected people will infect between 11 and 12 more people.
Deaths from coronavirus in Wales have now passed 3,000, according to Public Health Wales.
The agency’s latest figures, released on Friday, show 38 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total during the pandemic to 3,011.
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Another 2,801 Covid-19 cases brought the country’s total to 117,367.
Scotland recorded 36 coronavirus deaths and 744 positive tests on Friday in the past 24 hours, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said.
That brings the death toll by this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days – to 4,239.
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Ms Freeman said 110,040 people had now tested positive in Scotland, up from 109,296 the day before.
Twelve more people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, bringing the region’s toll to 1,166.
Figures from the Ministry of Health also recorded 510 new cases of the virus. The occupancy rate of hospitals is 102%.