The UK has reported another 5,765 coronavirus cases – significantly up on the total on the same day last week, but down on yesterday's two-month high.
A further 13 deaths have also been recorded within 28 days of a positive COVID test.
Meanwhile, the vaccination programme has hit two more milestones – more than 40 million people have now been jabbed and more than 27 million have had both shots.
There were 174,535 first doses administered on Friday, taking the total to 40,124,229, and 360,691 more second jabs were also given, taking that total to 27,160,635.
There has been anger over reports suggesting social distancing could remain in hospitality venues after what has been billed for months as "freedom day".