The UK has reported greater than 7,000 new COVID-19 circumstances for a second consecutive day, in keeping with authorities knowledge.
7,393 infections have been recorded within the newest 24-hour interval, together with seven extra coronavirus-related deaths.
The figures examine with 7,540 circumstances and 6 deaths introduced yesterday, and 5,274 circumstances and 18 deaths reported this time final week.
Wednesday marked the highest variety of each day infections for 4 months.
It comes as Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated the Delta variant, first detected in India, now makes up 91% of circumstances within the UK.
In the meantime, authorities knowledge additionally confirmed one other 176,559 folks had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, whereas 316,258 had their second jab.
The quantity absolutely vaccinated now stands at 28,857,102, whereas 40,886,878 folks have had at the very least one jab.
The most recent figures come on the day Mr Hancock was questioned by the Well being and Social Care Committee and Science and Know-how Committee.
Mr Hancock informed MPs that an earlier lockdown final yr would have gone towards scientific recommendation and disclosed a “cheap worst-case state of affairs” calculated on the finish of January 2020 predicted over 800,000 deaths.
The well being secretary was questioned two weeks after Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief aide, claimed Mr Hancock “ought to have been fired for at the very least 15 to twenty issues together with mendacity”.
Mr Hancock struck again on the committee listening to, saying the federal government has improved because the ex-adviser’s departure from No 10.
Mr Cummings had alleged the well being secretary’s declare he put a “protect” round care properties early on within the pandemic was “full nonsense”.
He stated Mr Hancock informed the PM “categorically in March that individuals will likely be examined earlier than they went again to care properties”.
However Mr Hancock informed the committee: “We set out a coverage that individuals can be examined when checks have been accessible, then I set about constructing the testing capability for us to have the ability to ship on that.”
Yesterday, Boris Johnson stated the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout will decide whether or not the UK enters section 4 of the roadmap for lockdown easing on 21 June, as Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick forged doubt over the reopening.
New figures from NHS England revealed the variety of folks ready for routine hospital remedy has topped 5 million – the very best ever.
In complete, 5.12 million folks have been ready to start remedy on the finish of April 2021, the very best since data started in August 2007.
The numbers elevated each month since Could 2020, when it was 3.83 million.