Britain set a new record with 122,186 infections in a 24-hour period, up from 119,789 on Thursday.
According to official figures from the Ministry of Health, 137 new deaths from Covid-19 were also reported. In total, 147,857 people have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic.
Immigration rules, meanwhile, are set to be temporarily relaxed for special categories of workers in a recruitment and retention effort, the British government has announced.
Welfare workers, caregivers and home workers will be able to obtain visas for a period of 12 months to fill vacancies in the workforce at a time when the country’s healthcare system is under significant pressure.
Healthcare workers will be added to the list of missing occupations, which is designed to help immigrants obtain work visas to fill the gaps created by Brexit.
The interim measures are expected to take effect early next year, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and will run for at least 12 months.
The minimum annual salary to qualify for a visa will be .4 20,480 (approximately € 28,000).