THE UNITED KINGDOM has had its highest number of coronavirus deaths since March 24.
96 people have died in Britain from Covid-19, bringing the total to 128,823.
The number of deaths has increased by 60% since last week.
Daily cases increased further today with 46,558 tests positive for the virus.
Yesterday, 39,950 infections were recorded as all of Covid’s legal restrictions ended on ‘Freedom Day’.
Cases are up 17% from last week’s total of 33,918 – and well above the 26,829 infections reported a fortnight ago on July 5.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said: “The past 18 months have been difficult for all of us. Now the restrictions have been lifted, many of us want to start doing what we like the most again.
“However, we have to do it with caution and be reasonable. We are in a wave of infections that has seen an increase of over 40% last week, there is still a risk of serious illness for many people.
“We can all reduce the risk by getting both doses of the vaccine, testing ourselves twice a week at home, and spending more time outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms.
“Let us all remain vigilant. “
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