The UK has reported another 24,248 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, according to daily government figures.
It compares with 24,855 cases and 18 deaths yesterday, and 14,876 and 11 this time last week.
Another 137,389 people also had a first dose of a vaccine and 196,209 had their second jab. It means 45,274,497 have had at least one dose, while 33,614,952 are fully vaccinated.
Total UK coronavirus-linked deaths – within 28 days of a positive test – stand at 128,222.
Cases have risen steeply over the last month, driven by the more transmissible Delta variant.
The seven-day average on 1 June was 4,147, but by 1 July it was about six times higher at 24,809.
Crucially, deaths have remained flat for the last few months and are much lower than the January peak when more than 1,200 a day were dying.
This suggests vaccines have largely broken the chain between infections and hospitalisation and deaths – a key measure in the government’s aim to lift most remaining rules in a few weeks.
The latest seven-day average for daily deaths is 17.4, while 1,905 were in hospital with COVID on 1 July.
This is more than double the 927 being treated on 1 June – but is a fraction of mid-January when nearly 40,000 were in hospital and there were worries the NHS could be overwhelmed.
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