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The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has today risen by 15,810.

The latest government figures also show a further 18 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK death toll to 128,066.

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.

Yesterday, 16,703 more infections and 21 Covid-related deaths were recorded in the UK.

Meanwhile, new figures show cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 first identified in India have risen 46% in a week across the UK.

The number of Delta variant cases is on the rise
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Public Health England (PHE) said there had been 35,204 more cases since last week to reach a total of 111,157 – a 46% increase.

Some 42 of these cases are the Delta AY.1 sub lineage – also known as Delta Plus.

A further 514 people were admitted to hospital in England with Covid-19 in the week up to June 21. Of these, 304 were unvaccinated.

Dr Jenny Harries has urged everyone who is eligible to get their coronavirus vaccine
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Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: "Through the success of our vaccination programme, data suggest we have begun to break the link between cases and hospitalisations.

"This is hugely encouraging news, but we cannot become complacent.

"Two doses of vaccine are far more effective against Covid-19 than a single dose, so please make sure that you come forward to get your second dose as soon as you are invited.

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"Whilst vaccines provide excellent protection, they do not provide total protection, so it is still as important as ever that we continue to exercise caution.

"Protect yourself and the people around you by working from home where possible, and by practising 'hands, face, space, fresh air' at all times."

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R rate, in England remains unchanged from last week and is between 1.2 and 1.4, according to the latest Government figures.

R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.

An R number between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.