UK reports 26,068 new cases of COVID -- highest in a day since January 29
A man wearing a face mask cycling past the Francis Crick Institute Vaccination Centre in London, Britain, on March 18, 2021. Han Yan/Xinhua/IANS

UK reports 26,068 new cases of COVID -- highest in a day since January 29

London, July 1, 2021

The United Kingdom reported 26,068 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest in a single day since January 29, official figures released here said.

Between 24 June 2021 and 30 June 2021, 135,074 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 69.9% compared to the previous 7 days, the data showed.

The Department of Health and Social Care said 263 people with coronavirus were admitted to hospital on June 26. The number between June 20 and 26 was 1,677, an increase of 6.4% as compared to the previous seven days.

There were 1,720 patients in hospital with coronavirus on June 29. This number included 283 coronavirus patients in hospital beds with a mechanical ventilator as on that date.

cases in the latest 24-hour period, the highest since January 29, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

There were 14 deaths, within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus, reported on June 30. Between June 24 and June 30, there were 113 deaths, an increase of 11.9% as compared to the previous seven days.

With the latest numbers, the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain has gone up to 128,140.

More than 44.7 million people in Britain have received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 32.8 million people have received two doses, the latest figures showed.

IANS adds:

Earlier Wednesday, British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he expects school "bubbles" to be removed as part of the final step of England's roadmap for lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the lower house of British Parliament, Williamson said that he wanted to see restrictions on schools and colleges, including the bubble system, removed "as quickly as possible along with wider restrictions in society".

"Further steps will be taken to reduce the number of children who have to self-isolate, including looking at the outcomes of a daily contact testing trial, as we consider a new model for keeping children in schools and colleges," he said.

The British government is under growing pressure to remove or alter the bubble system after figures showed the number of children off school due to COVID-19 in England is at its highest rate since schools reopened in March after the country's third national lockdown, according to Sky News.

Official data showed more than 375,000 pupils, about one in 20, were out of school for coronavirus-related reasons, up by more than 130,000 in a week.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-week delay to the final step of England's roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions until July 19, amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India.

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