Boris Johnson hopes lifting restrictions on July 19 will reduce hospital pressure by winter time (Image: Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to soar in England, fresh official figures reveal today.
Data from the Office of National Statistics' (ONS) Infection Survey show around 1 in 160 people are testing positive with Covid-19.
And the delta variant in the UK is also still on the rise.
Last week the ONS revealed around one in 260 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to June 26.
At the time it was the highest level since the week to February 27.
Boris Johnson hopes to scrap all covid-19 restrictions on July 19 including ditching face masks and scrapping social distancing
(Image: Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
The data comes from the ONS's Infection Survey, which measures how coronavirus is spreading in the community.
Unlike most testing figures, it uses a formula to estimate total cases of coronavirus – regardless of whether people have tested positive or not. That means it is much higher than other estimates of the virus.
However, it only looks at the community, so excludes places like hospitals, care homes and other "institutional" settings like prisons.
In Scotland, coronavirus cases do not seem to have "levelled off" as Nicola Sturgeon hoped, with 1 in 100 people testing positive the week ending July 3.
Last week 35,000 people in Scotland tested positive for Covid-19; with 211,000 in England; 6,800 in Wales and 2,800 in Northern Ireland.
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It comes as Boris Johnson is set to scrap all coronavirus restrictions in a "big bang" approach on July 19.
Face masks will no longer be compulsory and social distancing will be scrapped.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid believes hospitalisation after July 19 will be much lower because of vaccinations
Public Health England data showed Coronavirus infections linked to the Delta variant have increased by 54,268 in the past week, a rise of 34 per cent.
PHE said the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, now accounted for 99 per cent of call cases that have been genetically sequenced.
And on Thursday, the UK had another 32,551 reported coronavirus cases and 35 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. It is the highest death toll since early April and the highest number of new infections since 20 January.