The UK’s latest surge in Covid-19 infections gathered pace on Thursday, with new cases increasing above 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months as the more contagious Delta variant spread.
Government figures showed another 11,007 cases were reported, the highest daily tally since February 19, when 12,027 cases were recorded.
It appears to suggest that the country with Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll is in the middle of a third wave.
The government’s chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said it was “still uncertain” when the latest surge would reach its peak.
It will “definitely translate into further hospitalizations and unfortunately, it will undoubtedly translate into further deaths”, Prof Whitty said.
Daily cases have increased sharply over the past few weeks after hovering about the 2,000 mark earlier.
The UK’s widely praised inoculation program is to be extended to everyone over the age of 18 starting on Friday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
The spread of the variant ended government plans to lift all remaining restrictions in England starting next week.