THE UK has reported the highest number of daily Covid cases since March, with another 5,274 new infections recorded in the latest 24-hour period.
There have also been another 18 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 127,812.
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Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Today’s cases are up from yesterday’s 4,300, and are significantly higher than the 2,433 reported a fortnight ago.
The number of new daily infections is the highest it has been since March 26, when 6,187 new cases were recorded.
It brings the total number of cases recorded in the UK since the start of the pandemic to 4,499,973.
Deaths are up by six from yesterday’s 12, and have more than quadrupled since May 20 when there were four fatalities.
A whopping 66,180,731 vaccinations have now been given, including 39,758,428 first doses and 26,422,303 second jabs.
It comes as PHE revealed the number of cases of the Indian (Delta) variant have almost doubled in the past week – rising by 5,472 to 12,431.
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