THE UK case figure has now reached 6,146,800 after 29,612 new cases were recorded today.
The number of fatalities has increased by 104 in the last 24 hours – but both the infection and death toll today doesn’t include figures from Wales due to a technical issue.
The vaccine rollout continues full steam aheadCredit: PA
Today’s death toll brings the grim total in the UK to 130,607.
Meanwhile, coronavirus infections are rising in 186 areas across the country with five new hotspots revealed.
Just 40 per cent of areas have seen a fall in Covid cases in the seven days up to August 6.
PHE data revealed 59 per cent of areas have seen a rise – that’s 185.85 (186) areas.
Lincoln in the East Midlands continues to have the highest rate of infections in England, with 617 new cases in the seven days to August 6 – the equivalent of 621.4 per 100,000 people.
This is down from 716.0 in the seven days to July 30.
A walk in mobile testing van has been deployed to the city in order to combat high infection rates.
Around a quarter of people under 30 in the city are yet to have a vaccine and local leaders have encouraged people to come forward for their jabs.
Exeter has the second highest rate, up from 541.1 to 601.2, with 790 new cases.
Local officials have encouraged people to continue to meet outdoors even though restrictions have now been lifted across the country.
They said “small choices make a difference” and have asked everyone to work together to stop the virus spreading further.
Hull has the third highest rate, up from 512.7 to 580.1, with 1,507 new cases.
The local council in Hull has urged people to not let Covid ruin their plans, and has told people to come forward for their jabs so they don’t ‘miss out on festivals’.
While those three areas have the highest rate of infections, there are five spots that have seen a large increase in cases in the last week.