A further 106,022 cases of coronavirus were recorded on Wednesday in a new daily record.
The jump ended a streak of cases remaining fairly level around the 90,000 mark.
The dramatic new record marks the first time daily cases have topped the 100,000 mark in the UK since testing during the pandemic began.
The spread is being driven by the new contagious Omicron variant which has prompted new restrictions in both Wales and Scotland but not so far in England.
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