The health secretary refused to rule out further coronavirus restrictions as the Omicron variant spreads across the country
The total number of Omicron cases is now at 37,101, avec 10,059 cases of the variant recorded on Saturday.
The new data comes after health secretary Sajid Javid indicated on Sunday morning that he had not ruled out plans for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown after Christmas.
Il a dit Nouvelles du ciel that ministers were discussing the latest coronavirus data “almost on an hourly basis” with scientific advisers.
He also confirmed that Parliament would be recalled over the Christmas break if the government wanted to introduce further restrictions.
Health chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance briefed the Cabinet on Saturday that more restrictions will be needed to stop hospital admissions reaching 3,000 a day in England.
A record number of booster jabs, 830,00, were administered on Saturday.