BRITAIN today recorded 32,548 Covid cases – the highest figure since January.
Deaths have increased by 33, bringing the total to 128,301.
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It marks the highest increase in cases since January 23 when 33,522 infections were recorded.
And it's a 100 per cent increase on the 16,135 infections reported two weeks ago. A total of 4,990,916 Brits have now been infected.
While cases have doubled in two weeks, hospitalisations have remained low – with another 386 people admitted in the past 24 hours.
It comes as:
- Double-jabbed Brits can fly from amber list countries without quarantining from July 19
- Self-isolation after a Covid contact will also end for those who have had both vaccinations – but not until August
- The UK is 'running short on Pfizer' as some second jabs are delayed, it's reported
- A Wuhan virologist claims Covid originated in America and says 'white supremacists' are responsible for lab leak claims
- School bubbles will be scrapped when kids return to class in September
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The figures come as a minister admitted there could be more lockdowns in the future if Covid cases "flare up".
In bleak news ahead of 'freedom day' on July 19, Kwasi Kwarteng said tough restrictions may come back into force in the future.
News that Brits may yet face national shutdowns comes as the country's new Health Secretary says there'll be 100,000 cases daily within six weeks.
And England's Chief Medical Officer has spoken of his fears about an epidemic of long Covid cases – amid reports there could be 5,000 new cases of the prolonged illness every day.
Elsewhere, Boris Johnson today defended his policy on self-isolation despite warnings it will lead to millions of people forced to stay at home and cause major disruption for businesses.
The PM will tear up most coronavirus regulations at Step 4 of the road map on July 19 – but changes to self-isolation rules will not be brought in until August 16.
The expected surge in cases as a result of restrictions being lifted is predicted to lead to millions of contacts being "pinged" by the NHS Covid-19 app or being told by by contact tracers to isolate.
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