COVID hospital admissions are the highest since March – with 509 new patients in the past 24 hours.
Cases have today risen by 35,707 – the biggest daily jump in almost six months.
Infections are up 30 per cent in a week as deaths jumped by 29.
The increase in daily cases is the highest since January 22, when the UK was in lockdown.
The increase in fatalities brings the total number to 128,365.
It comes as…
- Italy have been caught in a Covid scare after three media staff tested positive just two days before the Euro 2020 final
- The official R rate – the rate of infection – jumped to 1.5
- One Covid jab was found to have just 10 per cent protection against the Delta variant
- The vulnerable will no longer have to shield or limit social contact when restrictions are lifted on Freedom Day
Meanwhile, the people testing positive for Covid in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have increased, the latest Office for National Statistics data shows.
Delta variant cases have also risen by 54,000 in a week – up by a third.
A total of 216,249 infections have now been identified in the UK – up by 54,268 from 161,981 cases in the previous week, a rise of 34 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Italian football team have suffered a coronavirus scare with three media staff testing positive at the team's HQ just two days before their Euro 2020 final against England.
Officials immediately strengthened the bubble around the team and carried out a series of tests to make sure none of the players or immediate staff were also affected.
Their training camp at Coverciano, on the outskirts of Florence, was immediately shut and a specialist cleaning team was brought in to sanitize the facility.
A source at the Italian FA said: "It's not the ideal preparation for the team and we are making sure that none of them are infected but we are taking no chances and tests are being carried out.
"The chance of infection with any of the team is small but we want to be sure.
"It means that training sessions with the media in attendance have all been cancelled and we are having to make other arrangements."
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