The UK has reported another 20,479 COVID cases and 23 deaths, according to the latest daily figures.
In comparison, 22,868 cases and three deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded on Monday, and there were 11,625 and 27 this time last week.
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Today’s figures also show that an additional 127,260 people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 138,016 others received their second vaccine.
A total of 44,581,771 people in the UK have now received at least one injection, while 32,721,762 are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, analysis of case rates revealed parts of east-central Scotland have overtaken north-west England to become the new UK COVID-19[female[feminine hotspot.
East Lothian now has the highest rate of new cases, with 595.8 per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 24.
In second place is Dundee, with 587.3 cases per 100,000.
Hyndburn in Lancashire is third at 547.9, but is followed by two other areas in Scotland’s central belt: Midlothian (520.2) and Edinburgh (503.5).
These four parts of Scotland are currently seeing their highest rate of new cases since comparable figures started last summer, when mass testing was first introduced across the UK.
The rise of the Delta variant has been blamed for the spike in cases in recent weeks and has forced the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments to delay easing their respective restrictions.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-29 13:16:00