Infections are increasing in nearly nine out of 10 regions in the UK, according to an analysis of COVID-19 data.
At least 279 local communities have reported cases up more than 10% in the most recent week.
Cornwall, a popular summer vacation destination, saw the biggest increase with weekly figures rising 730% to 191 cases there.
Of the 326 areas that recorded at least 10 cases for the week ending June 10, only 31 reported lower infection rates.
The increase in coronavirus cases has been mainly due to the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, and now accounts for more than 90% of new cases.
Data suggests the Delta variant is between 40% and 80% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which was previously dominant in the UK, according to the government.
Although weekly cases have increased by more than 60% nationwide, there are more than 76 regions across the country where the rate is double.
The increase in cases, and the fact that hospital admissions typically increase two to three weeks after cases, have led the government to delay the last step in its COVID-19 measures roadmap.
But although hospitalization rates have started to rise, they are still better than the best expectations dreaded by epidemiologists at Imperial College when they modeled the possible growth of cases earlier this year.
Early research published in the medical journal The Lancet suggests that the risk of being hospitalized with the Delta variant of the coronavirus is about double that of the Alpha.
But a new analysis from Public Health England shows that people who have received two doses of a COVID vaccine are less likely to get so sick from the Delta variant that they have to go to the hospital.
Data shows that hospitalizations of people under 65, who are less likely to have received two doses, have increased in recent weeks. There is no noticeable increase among those 65 and over.
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