It comes like every day on Sunday COVID figures show 40,004 new cases of COVID and 61 additional deaths were recorded in the last 24-hour period.
This compares to the 40,941 cases recorded on Saturday and 150 deaths. As of Sunday, 36,517 cases and 63 deaths were reported.
Meanwhile, 450,080 booster or third vaccine doses were given on Saturday, meaning that 15,064,693 people have now undergone an additional inoculation.
Earlier Sunday, the Secretary of Health Sajid Javid told Sky News that England was ‘on the right track’ and the government was not considering switching to its COVID restrictions Plan B.
Plan B involves guidance for working from home requirements for wearing masks in certain scenarios – measures already in place in Wales.
It comes as many countries in Europe begin to introduce new lockdowns as cases increase on the continent.
Austria and the Netherlands are among those which impose restrictions on daily life, start riots over the past few days.
Vaccines will become compulsory in Austria since early February, and a German politician has suggested that similar measures could be introduced in his country in order to weather the pandemic.
However, the chief executive of NHS Providers said the service was under an “unprecedented degree of pressure” for this time of year.
Chris Hopson said the health service is experiencing “very, very high levels of people entering accident and emergency services” with “ambulance services under real pressure”.
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He told Sky News ‘Trevor Phillips:’ Wherever you look, Trevor, across the NHS – whether in mental health services, whether in hospitals – the NHS is under a degree of pressure without previous for this time of year and this is before the traditional winter peak.
“We know the NHS tends to feel the most pressure from early to mid-January, so there is a high degree of concern. ”