On Sunday, it notched up an additional 54,990 cases, down slightly from the previous day's daily record of 57,725.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that tougher lockdown restrictions were probably on the way as Covid-19 cases keep rising, but that schools were safe places and children should continue to attend where permitted.
"There is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe, and that education is a priority", he said.
In a New Year interview on the Andrew Marr show, Mr Johnson pointed to the time between referendums on European Union membership - the first in 1975 and the second in 2016 - as "a good sort of gap" for Scotland.
But speaking on the BBC'S Andrew Maher show, the prime minister urged parents to send their children to schools in areas where rules allow it.
Starmer also said it's unavoidable that more schools will close and urged the government to come up with a plan for students and for working parents.
At the moment there are no plans to keep primary schools in other tier four areas in England closed.
Primary schools in nine areas of the county will remain shut tomorrow, as well as Bexley and Bromley - part of what the PM described as "exceptional measures" due to the surge in the virus.
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Regulators in the United States, Switzerland and the U.K. already allow up to six doses of 0.3 milliliters each to be drawn from vials.
With "don't knows" excluded, 58 per cent of voters said they would now vote Yes for independence, with 42 per cent backing No.
The NASUWT, has written to the education secretary, Gavin Williams, calling for an "immediate nationwide move to remote education" for all pupils.
Primary schoolchildren were due to return to classrooms starting on Monday in all but 60 high-infection "contingency" areas, which include all of London and large areas of Essex and Kent, as well as parts of East Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Veteran Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale, who represents North Thanet, said "we need consistency in a schools reopening policy that reflects the spread of the pandemic as it is now".
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered at a small number of hospitals for the first few days so authorities can be on the lookout for any adverse reactions.
"We must renew and maintain the consensus that children's time out of school should be kept to the absolute minimum", Amanda Spielman, chief schools inspector, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. Officials say around 530,000 doses of the new vaccine will be in place Monday as the country moves toward its goal of vaccinating 2 million people a week as soon as possible.
Mr Williamson said the January 1 decision to expand closures to the nine remaining London boroughs and the City of London was a "last resort".
Linda Bauld, a professor in public health at the University of Edinburgh, told the PA news agency that transmission among primary school pupils was "still very limited" while secondary school pupils, particularly older teenagers, can pass on the virus in the same way as adults.