Another 28,773 coronavirus cases and 37 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Tuesday.
This compares to 27,334 cases and nine deaths reported yesterday, and 20,479 COVID cases and 23 deaths last Tuesday.
This is the highest figure since January 29, when the UK reported 29,079 new cases of the virus.
Meanwhile, another 224,776 coronavirus vaccines were given on Monday – 76,962 first doses and 147,814 second doses.
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This means that the total number of people who have had a first vaccine now stands at 45,428,681 and 33,874,176 have had a full cycle of vaccinations.
It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that from August 16 people who receive a double blow will no longer need to isolate himself if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.
And the the school bubble system is being abandoned As of the same date, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said contact tracing would be taken over by NHS Test and Trace.
Children who are informed by Test and Trace as being a contact of a person who tested positive will be invited to take a PCR test.
Mr Williamson added that high school and college students will be required to take two tests on site at the start of the fall term and continue to take two tests per week at home until the end of September, when the policy will be revised. .
Mr Javid also confirmed that the UK could see up to 100,000 cases a day, as the government aims to massively ease government restrictions on July 19 – including removal of the legal obligation to wear masks.
He said “the reason we can make the decisions we have made” is because of the vaccine, which he describes as a “wall of defense”.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-06 14:02:00