Another 573 people have died of coronavirus according to figures published today.
England reported 508 deaths, Scotland three, Wales 45 and Northern Ireland 17, bringing the number of UK hospitals to 573.
This brings the death toll across the UK to 65,972, with the death toll rising to around 80,000, according to experts.
The government’s scientific advisory group, SAGE, announced that after shuffling households in the UK, the R-rate rose to 1.0-1.4 at Christmas.
From Monday, anyone who cannot work from home will be offered a Covid test before they leave for work.
The plan is to identify one of three carriers who have the disease without knowing it and to withdraw it. reports the mirror.
Community tests are being distributed to all 317 local authorities in the country to regularly screen people with no symptoms.
The news comes when Matt Hancock promised that every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the fall.
The Minister of Health said the UK is giving more than 200,000 vaccines a day and the country is on track to deliver 2 million vaccines a week.
He told BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, “The good news is that we vaccinated more people in the last week than we did in all of December.”
But he accepted that vaccines would have to be given to people in their forties and fifties, as well as top priority patients, to be effective.
When asked if Britain could vaccinate everyone by the fall, Hancock said, “Yes.”
He added, “Every adult will be offered a vaccine by fall. I fully agree that this is very, very important.
“Of course you have to do it as needed because someone in a nursing home dies much, much more likely to get coronavirus than someone like me in my forties. But in any case, we will offer that.” Vaccine to everyone.
“We have ordered over 350 million cans, they are not all here and we are rolling them out as soon as they are delivered.
“But we’ll have enough to offer everyone over the age of 18 by fall.”