UK Covid cases have risen by 20% in the last week – with 49,156 further infections recorded.
Last week a total of 40,224 were recorded.
A further 45 deaths have also been recorded in the last 24 hours.
It comes as the government warned of a “challenging” winter ahead in a statement this afternoon.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “We obviously keep very close watch on the latest statistics.
“We always knew the coming months would be challenging.
“What we are seeing is case rates, hospitalisations and deaths still broadly in line with the modelling as set out a few months back now.
“The vaccination programme will continue to be our first line of defence, along with new treatments, testing and public health advice.
“But we will obviously keep a close watch on cases.
“But it is thanks to our vaccination programme that we are able to substantially break the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths.”
Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated data has revealed the overall surge in cases means that one in 60 people in the England have had Covid over the past week, compared to one in 45 in Wales, one in 80 in Scotland and one in 120 in Northern Ireland.
In early January during the peak of the second wave there were around one in 50 people on average who had the virus over a week period.
The ONS said: “Data from the Coronavirus Infection Survey shows one million people across the UK had COVID-19 in the latest week, as infections rose across England and Wales, but fell in Scotland.”
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, comments on the latest data:
The UK seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that COVID cases are too high, but the reality is they’ve been soaring for months and many countries have put us on their red list.
“Infections remain high in young people, and look to be spilling over into the 35-55 year olds. If these increases creep into the over 55s it could spell disaster for the NHS this winter.”
On Friday, Ipswich reported the highest rise in Covid cases in England with a jump of 46 per cent in the week to October 10 to 749.4 cases per 100,000 people – which is the fourth highest rate for a district.