Covid hospitalisations are not rising as quickly as they have previously (Image: Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock)
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The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK has shot up by close to a quarter in just a week.
Today 9,284 new infections were reported, according to government data, a rise of 24% on last Sunday's 7,490 new cases.
While coronavirus case numbers continue to rise rapidly, daily deaths have yet to increase to any significant degree during the third wave.
Today a further six people died, two less than last Sunday.
On Saturday 14 people lost their lives to Covid in the UK compared to 12 the Saturday before and 13 the week before that.
Newly released data shows that hospitalisations are rising at a third of the rate that they were during the beginning of the second wave in September.
This is in no small part due to the country's vaccination programme.
Huge numbers of people have signed up to get the jab this weekend
Mass vaccination events have been taking place across London over the weekend as the government tries to speed up its already-advanced programme to limit the impact of the variant.
Anyone over the age of 18 in England can book a vaccination.
The government said on Sunday 81.6% of the adult population had received their first vaccine dose, while 59.5% had been given both doses.
A total of 62,415,897 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and June 19, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 451,039 on the previous day.
NHS England said 35,959,555 were first doses, a rise of 255,393 on the previous day, while 26,456,342 were a second dose, an increase of 195,646.