There were 51,870 cases recorded – the highest figure since 15 January – and 49 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
From Monday, lockdown rules will end in England – although some guidance will remain.
Earlier, England’s chief medical officer warned hospital admissions could hit “scary numbers”.
Prof Chris Whitty said the number of people in hospital with Covid was doubling roughly every three weeks.
The UK is “not out of the woods yet” and people should act with caution as restrictions are eased on Monday, he added.