The UK has recorded a further 90,629 coronavirus cases and 172 deaths in the latest 24-hour period.
The total is lower than yesterday’s, which stood at 91,743.
A further 172 deaths have also been recorded within 28 days of a positive COVID test, which is up on yesterday’s 44. Last Tuesday there were 59,610 daily cases and 150 deaths.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a further 15,363 cases of the Omicron variant, taking the nationwide total so far to 60,508.
Figures also reveal that 897,979 booster vaccinations were given out in the latest 24-hour period, which means 29.8 million people have now had a third jab – 52% of the population over the age of 12.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure from scientists to reimpose restrictions over the Christmas period after Nicola Sturgeon announced measures for Scotland.
From 27 December until “at least” the first week in January, people there are being asked to stay at home and reduce socialising as much as possible, including the New Year.
There will also be limits on large public events, following a similar decision in Wales on Monday.
MPs are being briefed on the current situation with Omicron on Tuesday evening by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
There are also reports in The Sun that “within 48 hours” the PM will make an announcement on whether a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown will be imposed in England over the festive season and into January.