According to the government's coronavirus dashboard, 47,525 new COVID cases have been recorded and the country now has a total of 3,211,576 confirmed cases and 1,406,967 recoveries.
Britain on Wednesday recorded 1,564 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic in the country, according to official figures. That is a record number of daily deaths.
But more than 2.6 million people in the United Kingdom have now received their first dose of a vaccine, with over 200,000 people given a vaccine for the first time yesterday.
Speaking to the House of Commons Liaison Committee, Johnson said the situation was "very, very tough" in the National Health Service (NHS) and the strain on staff was "colossal".
The prime minister once again appealed to the public to follow lockdown rules which require Britons to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons.
"We already have tough measures... to protect this country from new infections coming in from overseas".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told lawmakers Wednesday that, although it was "early days", the latest round of lockdown measures and the regional tiered restrictions that preceded them were "starting to show signs of some effect".
A spokesman for the Surrey Resilience Forum said the facilities were asked to collect bodies to, quote - "avoid patients who have sadly died being left on wards, or as we have seen overseas left in corridors". The government has promised all the over-70s, the extremely clinically vulnerable and front-line health and care workers - about 15 million people - will be offered a jab by mid-February.