Covid cases leap by 60% to 14,876 while 11 new deaths recorded in just 24 hours

COVID cases have jumped by 60 per cent in a week, with a further 14,876 infections recorded today. 

Deaths increased by 11, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 128,100. 

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Today’s rise in cases means a total of 4,732,434 Brits have caught the bug. 

It marks an increase of 60.2 per cent on last Sunday's total of 9,284 amid concern over the spread of the Delta variant.

But infections fell slightly on yesterday’s figure of 18,270 – the highest daily figure since February 5. 

It comes as…

  • Former health secretary Matt Hancock faces fresh questions over whether he took his mistress aide to the G7 Summit
  • Mr Hancock is said to be "serious" about his lover Gina Coladangelo and the pair are reported to be ‘likely to set up home together’
  • Andrew Marr revealed he had a "nasty" bout of Covid despite having both doses of the jab
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the UK was "nearing the final whistle" on the lifting of lockdown restrictions

Meanwhile, separate figures showed that 234,441 Brits received their first dose of the vaccine yesterday.

It brings the total number of people who have received their first dose to 44,314,799.

And a further 199,505 second doses were given out – bringing the total to 32,360,191.

NHS England today said half of all adults under 30 in England had received a vaccine, with more than 4.2 million people aged 18 to 29 jabbed in three weeks.

Over the weekend, hundreds of walk-in vaccination sites, including at stadiums and shopping centres, opened in England as part of the "grab a jab" campaign to boost vaccine uptake.

The figures come as a health expert warned the government not to "rush" into the easing of restrictions on July 19.

Professor Sir Peter Horby, chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said: "We always have to be driven by the data, not the dates."

He told the the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "So we're watching it very carefully and there will be a lot of analysis of the data coming up to that date, to make sure we're comfortable with that release.

"At the moment, the data is encouraging that we can do that. But we have to make sure that we follow the data."

Prof Horby warned that Covid-19 vaccinations have "weakened" the link between infections and hospital admissions, but this was not "completely broken", with "breakthrough infections" still expected.

He added: "As we see increasing infections, we will see increasing hospitalisations.

"But at this stage, we're able to make sure that the health system isn't overwhelmed and vaccination is really key to that."


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