The number of new infections reported on Saturday is lower than Friday’s total of 8,125 – which was the highest since the end of February.
Another 202,846 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total to 41,291,331.
The number of second doses was 285,513, which means that 29,450,653 people are now fully vaccinated.
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it comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted that the increase in the number of daily cases and the spread of the Delta (Indian) variant has made it less optimistic all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in England on June 21.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the government will delay lifting the restrictions by four weeks, bringing the full unlock to July 19.
Speaking to Sky News political editor Beth Rigby at G7 summit in Cornwall, he said it is “clear” that the Delta variant is “more heritable” and that coronavirus cases and the number of people hospitalized is increasing.
“Just to cheer you up a bit more, what I can tell you is that the scientists agree on one thing – they don’t think there is any need to go back”, a- he declared.
“What we are seeing is, yes absolutely, an increase in cases, we are seeing an increase in hospitalizations.
“But the context has changed dramatically due to the large number of people vaccinated and in particular the elderly and vulnerable.
“So the goal now is to give this vaccination program the legs, the momentum, the speed it needs to fight the spread of the virus. And I have no doubt that we can. “
A final decision on whether to continue with the final stage of the government’s roadmap for lockdown will be announced by Mr Johnson on Monday.
A number of prominent figures from sectors expected to be hit hardest by any delay in unlocking have warned of the potential consequences.
Any delay also risks triggering an argument with some politicians in Mr Johnson’s party who are concerned about the impact on business.
Karan Bilimoria, president of the Confederation of British Industry, said that many companies in sectors such as the hospitality industry
barely broke even under current rules.
He said: “If there is a complete delay of two to four weeks, then it must be irreversible: we cannot have stop-start and as long as that is clarified, we will have to deal with this delay. ”