Regarding the date on which deaths actually occurred, not when they were reported, 12 January was confirmed yesterday to have become the deadliest day of the pandemic so far with 1,117.
The latest R Rate estimate for the whole of the United Kingdom was estimated at between 0.8 and 1.0 on Friday, down from a range of 1.2 to 1.3 last week, meaning that on average, every ten people infected will infect between eight and ten other people.
AFPThere were 33,355 new cases recorded, down from the 37,535 reported on Monday.
The seven-day rolling average is now at 1,224.
The study found that the virus is growing and the R number - or rate of transmission remains just above 1 - at 1.04.
But they said the virus appeared to have since begun spreading faster.
Data published earlier on Friday showed that 5.38 million people had been given their first dose of a vaccine, with 409,855 receiving it in the past 24 hours, a record high so far.
The UK has reached a grim record of reporting about 1,820 people dying in a day, higher than the number for Tuesday of 1,660. This means that every 100 people will transmit Covid-19 to 104 people.
The slight fall comes as the new variant of coronavirus, which is highly transmissible, continues to put pressure on hospitals. "I've got to tell you ... there will be more to come", Prime Minister Boris Johnson told The Guardian.
The figures are for those in private households and do not take into account hospitals or care homes.
Sarah Crofts, senior statistician for the survey, said: "In England we have seen a slight decrease in the percentage of people testing positive".
He added: "We're in a position where the levels are high and are not falling now within the period of this current lockdown". Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The other estimates are: one in 55 people in south-east England, one in 60 in the East Midlands, one in 75 in eastern England, one in 80 in south-west England and one in 85 in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Another 1,290 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Scientific advisers had welcomed the suggestion of more financial support but Treasury sources were adamant the plan will not go ahead, with one telling the PA news agency bluntly: "Won't happen".
THERE is a "glimmer of hope" that the lockdown is starting to work, a health chief has said - but he dismissed thoughts of an early end to restrictions.
The ONS data on infection also looked at how many people have had Covid-19.
These areas are Rochdale, West Lancashire, Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton in north-west England; and Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Newham and Croydon in London.