The number of patients being treated for Covid in hospitals across the UK has risen above 30,000.
More than 1,000 deaths were reported in the latest 24-hour period, the highest since the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020.
The London area is at the centre of the crisis. A BBC team has been allowed to film inside the intensive care unit at the capital’s University College Hospital.
Huw Edwards presents an extended BBC News at Ten special report by medical editor Fergus Walsh, cameraman Adam Walker and producer Noel Titheradge.