More than 1million people have now caught coronavirus in the UK after 21,915 more positive test results were confirmed Saturday, theSun reports.
Another 326 deaths have been recorded, meaning 46,555 have now died from the bug in Britain.
In the last few weeks both Spain and France have surpassed 1million positive cases, with France announcing national lockdown restrictions earlier this week.
England is now set to follow suit, as the total number of infections hit 1,011,660 Saturday.
Boris Johnson is expected to announce at 5pm Saturday that the country will be plunged back into a four-week national lockdown from Thursday.
It will mean all pubs and restaurants will close in a huge U-turn – four months after the end of the first UK-wide shutdown.
On Friday, infections grew by 24,405 in Britain, as another 274 people died.
Today’s rise in cases is slightly smaller than it was last Saturday, when the tally rose by 23,012.
The Saturday before that, however, the figure was 16,167.
In England, 208 more people have died from the bug, bringing the total number of coronavirus fatalities in English hospitals to 32,855.
The patients, who died between October 21 and October 30 were aged between 26 and 101 years old.
All except eight of them (aged between 47 and 101) had underlying health conditions.
A further 1,301 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases there to 50,872.
Public Health Wales said 13 more people had died, raising the country’s death toll to 1,872.