COVID-19: Another 7,540 coronavirus cases reported in UK – highest daily number since late February

The UK has reported another 7,540 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period – the highest number since 27 February.

Also six further COVID-related deaths have been recorded, according to government data.

The figures compare with 6,048 cases and 13 deaths announced yesterday, and 4,330 cases and 12 deaths this time last week.

The fatalities number records people who have died within 28 days of a positive COVID test.

Meanwhile, another 136,802 people had a first dose of a vaccine on Tuesday and 313,482 had their second dose.

The number fully vaccinated now stands at 28,540,844, while 40,710,319 have had at least one jab.

It comes as around eight in 10 people in the UK are believed to have coronavirus antibodies – either from having the virus or getting vaccinated, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The numbers of people in hospital with COVID has increased slightly in the last week, from 921 on 31 May to 1,024 on 7 June – the latest day for which figures are available.

Some 154 people are on mechanical ventilation to help their breathing.

The number in hospital is still massively lower than during the peak of the second wave in mid-January when it reached more than 39,000.

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