The UK has recorded 186 Covid-19 deaths and 43,467 cases in the past 24 hours, official figures show.
On a seven-day basis, infections were down 12.7 per cent on the week before, while deaths, which typically lag cases, were up 12.6 per cent.
It marks a rise after 39,842 cases and 165 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded on Thursday.
England’s R number has risen slightly to between 1.1 and 1.3.
It was previously estimated at between 1.1 and 1.2.
Separate data, published by the Office for National Statistics, has shown that England’s coronavirus infections have reached its highest level since the beginning of the year.
Our #COVID19 Infection Survey shows in the most recent week, infections
▪️ increased in England, now at a similar level to early 2021
▪️ increased in Northern Ireland.
Trends were uncertain in Wales and there were early signs of an increase in Scotland https://t.co/sqtBXurmuo pic.twitter.com/y5SKYDN6SS
— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) October 29, 2021
Around one in 50 people had the virus in the week ending October 22 - the highest level since January 2, according to the ONS.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to make face coverings mandatory on public transport.
He is also urging Londoners to get their Covid-19 and flu jabs in order to protect themselves and the NHS over the winter months.
He reminded Londoners in a statement that the “deadly virus has not gone away and this winter we’re facing both flu and Covid”.
“The worst thing we can do is to lower our guard, be complacent and underestimate the risk these viruses pose to all of us,” he said.
Meanwhile, some Covid-19 restrictions are to be reintroduced in Wales.
The measures to curb the current rate of infection include Covid passes to be introduced for cinemas, theatres and concert halls from November 15, and employers being urged to help more people to work from home over the next three weeks.