The UK has reported 15,810 new cases of COVID and 18 other coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period.
The numbers compare to 16,703 infections and 21 deaths announced yesterday, and 10,476 cases and 11 deaths this time last week.
Meanwhile, another 221,534 people received their first dose of a COVID vaccine yesterday, while 177,813 received their second vaccine.
This means that a total of 43,877,861 first vaccines have been administered in the UK, while 32,085,916 people have been fully vaccinated.
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england coronavirus reproduction number – or R-value – remained the same between 1.2 and 1.4, according to the latest estimates.
This means that on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.
Earlier it was revealed that cases of the Delta variant of COVID rose 46% in one week across the UK, with 35,204 new infections.
The variant first identified in India now includes 95% of all cases sequenced in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) said.
Forty-two of the last cases were the new Delta plus variant, which is considered to be more transferable than the original Delta variant.
All of England’s lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted earlier this week, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four week deadline due to an increase in COVID cases.
The remaining restrictions are now expected to be removed on July 19, with a review due to see if action can be taken two weeks earlier on July 5.
The Prime Minister said on Monday that it “looks good” for July 19 to be the “end point” of England’s restrictions, but downplayed the prospect of an early lifting of the measures.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-25 13:28:00