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The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is at the highest level since mid-February.
A further 11,625 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the UK in the latest 24 hour period, the latest figures show.
Government data also reported a 44.4% increase in coronavirus deaths since last week as 27 more people died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – taking the nation's total death toll to 128,008.
Today's figure of 11,625 cases is the highest daily number since February 19.
Yesterday, the number of infections increased by 10,663, with five more deaths reported.
The number of cases has been on the rise and the Delta variant is now responsible for 99% of UK cases, figures released on Friday showed.
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The latest figures show that 11,625 more cases have been registered in the UK
On Monday, all coronavirus restrictions were due to be lifted, but the Prime Minister delayed the final step of his roadmap out of lockdown due to the number of infections and hospitalisations until July 19.
But Boris Johnson "re-emphasised the Government's determination to ensure the road map is irreversible" during a meeting with his Cabinet today, according to Downing Street.
A readout after the meeting said: "Cabinet concluded with a discussion on our ongoing response to Covid-19.
"The Prime Minister re-emphasised the Government's determination to ensure the road map is irreversible and said he was constantly reviewing the data on cases, hospitalisations and deaths ahead of a decision on step four."
Boris Johnson said he is determined to lift all restrictions by July 19
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The total number of Covid-19 vaccinations given in the UK up to yesterday is at 74,638,083.
Of the total, 43,148,843 are first doses and 31,489,240 are second doses.
NHS England said the latest updated figures for Monday will not be provided until Wednesday due to a system crash which left medics using a pen and paper to record people's jabs.
The number of new cases is at its highest since mid-February
Daily figures are usually provided the following day but on Tuesday an update on the NHS England website said: "Following the IT issue that was reported to the NHS yesterday (21 June), the daily Covid-19 statistics will be updated tomorrow, while vaccinations recorded yesterday are updated to the digital system.
"The issue is now resolved and there has been no impact on vaccinations taking place."
Separate figures suggest that more than eight in 10 adults in most parts of the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies.
The estimates range from 85.4% of adults in Northern Ireland to 86.6% in England and 88.7% in Wales.
In Scotland the estimate is slightly lower, at just under eight in 10 adults, or 79.1%.
The presence of coronavirus antibodies suggests someone has had the infection in the past or has been vaccinated.
Dr Peter Hampshire has warned Liverpool is seeing a fourth wave of Covid cases
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Yesterday, a doctor said the hospital he works is "definitely" seeing a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases.
Peter Hampshire, a senior doctor in Liverpool, said he is now back to wearing personal protective equipment to treat seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
Mr Hampshire is a clinical director for critical care and pain at Liverpool's main University Hospital Trust, which includes the Royal and Aintree hospitals.
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He and his staff have been on the frontline of the city's battle against the virus since it broke out in March last year.
Despite having no cases for a few weeks, the doctor recently took to Twitter to confirm patients are being admitted to the city's Intensive Care Units (ICU) once again because of Covid-19, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britain is working on easing travel restrictions for the fully vaccinated to allow people to enjoy a summer holiday on Europe's beaches but the plans are not finalised yet.
Matt Hancock said Brits will be allowed to travel abroad when it is safe to do so
Hancock said the government did want to let people have a family holiday abroad, but only when it was safe to do so.
"The whole point of the vaccine programme is to be able to remove restrictions, and for people to be able to be kept safe by the vaccine, rather than by these rules," Hancock told LBC.
"So we are working on a plan for double vaccinated people, using tests, to have that testing regime in place, instead of having to have the quarantine, in some circumstances," he said.