The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported each day in the UK has risen to the highest level since late January, new figures show.
A total of 22,868 cases were reported by the Government on Monday, the highest daily rise since January 30 when there were 23,275 cases reported.
Public Health England said the latest figure for new cases included some which had not been included in Sunday’s figures due to a technical issue.
The Government also said that a further three people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday.
In comparison on January 30, during the second wave and when the vaccination uptake was a lot lower, there were 1,200 deaths reported.
The seven-day rolling average for reported cases currently stands at 16,612 – up 70% from the 9,778 a week ago and the highest since February 9.
Of the 315 local authorities in England, 291 (92%) have seen a rise in rates and 24 (8%) have seen a fall.
Hyndburn in Lancashire has the highest rate, with 444 new cases in the seven days to June 24, the equivalent of 547.9 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 484.9 in the seven days to June 17.
The figures reflect the impact of the third wave of cases that is now spreading across the country, which is being driven by the Delta variant of coronavirus that originated in India.
Public Health England (PHE) said last week that 111,157 confirmed and probable cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant had been identified in the UK – up by 35,204, or 46%, on the previous week.
Some 102,019 have been in England, 7,738 in Scotland, 788 in Wales and 612 in Northern Ireland.
The most recent data shows that approximately 95% of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK are the Delta variant.
As of June 21, there have been 117 deaths in England of people who were confirmed as having the Delta variant and who died within 28 days of a positive test.
Meanwhile, 1,465 patients with Covid-19 are currently in hospital in England, up 14% from a week ago and the highest number since April 23.