The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK has risen by 48,553 in the past 24 hours – the highest daily rise in six months.
A further 63 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, according to the latest figures released by the government.
The latest figure, which brings the UK total coronavirus death toll to 128,593, is the highest day-on-day rise since March 26.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The number of infections and deaths is on the rise, as yesterday the UK recorded 42,302 cases and 49 Covid-related deaths.
Government data also shows that 46.1 million people have had a first dose of the vaccine and 35.3 million have had two.
Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England are at their highest level since at least January, according to the latest surveillance report from Public Health England.
North-east England is recording the highest rate, with 835.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 11.
This is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began in summer 2020, when mass testing was first introduced across the country.
Yorkshire and the Humber has the second highest rate, 462.7, which again is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began.
All other regions are recording their highest rate since January.
Covid-19 hospital admissions in England stood at 4.4 per 100,000 people in the week to July 11, the highest rate since the week to March 14.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, warned that despite more Covid-19 restrictions easing in England on Monday July 19, the virus had not gone away.
“Case and hospitalisation rates continue to rise,” she said. “We must all be sensible. Remember it is safer to be outside when mixing with friends and family and when inside, open windows to help ventilation.
“The best way to protect yourself is to have both doses of the vaccine as soon as you are offered. Do not delay.
“We should all continue to get tested twice a week and anyone who has symptoms should seek a test immediately and stay at home while they await their result.”