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The number of Covid cases in the UK has risen by more than one-third week on week as infections increased by 10,663.

Five more deaths were reported Monday, compared to three the same time last week.

The daily case number represents a rise of more than 37% in a week, after 7,742 new cases were reported last Monday.

Six more deaths and 9,284 new cases were reported nationwide on Sunday, amounting to two fatalities fewer than last Sunday.

Case numbers have recently been climbing again, but rising infection numbers have not been accompanied by a spike in deaths as the vaccination rollout is credited for curbing severe illness.

Boris Johnson has pledged that every adult in the UK will be offered a jab and two-thirds will receive a second dose by the target new 'freedom day' of July 19.

However the Prime Minister has refused to rule out further lockdowns over winter.

Case numbers can be seen rising again in June as vaccinators race against the spread of the Delta variant

"I think you can never exclude that there will be some new disease or some new horror that we haven't budgeted for," Mr Johnson said during a visit to a laboratory in Hertfordshire on Monday.

"But looking at where we are, looking at the efficacy of the vaccines against the variants that we can currently see – so alpha, delta, the lot of them, kappa, I think it's looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point."

Downing Street confirmed today a decision on whether an "early" unlocking could take place on July 5 will be announced on Monday, June 28, to give people time to prepare


Areas worst-hit by the Delta variant have been targeted with surge testing
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The fourth and final phase of the roadmap out of lockdown was delayed by a month due to concern at the rapid spread of the Delta variant that first emerged in India.

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.

On Monday, the number of people who had received at least one jab reached 43,127,763.

A total 31,449,915 had received two doses.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday the government plans to scrap self-isolation rules for people who come into contact with an infected person but have themselves been double-jabbed.

Currently people who come into contact with an infected case is ordered to isolate for 10 days, despite their jab status.

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Mr Hancock suggested in an interview on BBC Breakfast that the rule could be ditched in favour of daily rapid lateral flow tests.

Official figures show the total number of people who have died 28 days of testing positive for the virus throughout the pandemic nationwide is now 127,981.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.