ANOTHER 36,572 Brits tested positive for Covid in the past 24 hours – the highest daily total for a month.
The latest figures bring the number of infections since the pandemic began to 6,392,160.
Today's number is up from the 33,074 reported last week, and a big rise from the 30,215 a fortnight ago.
But it is down compared to July 22's 39,906 new infections – the last time daily cases were above 36,500.
A further 113 people died with the virus during the latest 24-hour period.
It means the UK's Covid death toll now stands at 131,373.
Daily fatalities are up from the 94 last week, the 86 on July 5 and the 84 reported a month ago today.
But, a total of 47,460,526 first Covid jabs have been administered across the UK, while the number of people who have received both doses stands at 41,157,069.
Vaccination figures include anyone aged 16 and 17 from today.
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Top scientists today warned Covid cases remain "stubbornly high", with vaccine protection starting to drop among older Brits.
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Symptom Study App, said infections haven't really fallen for the past two weeks.
The data, which comes from Brits logging daily symptoms, revealed about 43,000 new cases a day.
But the number of people requiring hospitalisation is on the decrease.
And another expert said high coronavirus cases and deaths are "very worrying".
Professor Peter Openshaw said the large numbers are even more concerning given it's not winter yet – when things are expected to get worse.
"We just don't really know what's going to happen," he added.
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