New coronavirus cases have rocketed to a new peak since January as the UK approaches Freedom Day on July 19.
As many as 32,548 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded as of Wednesday 9am.
It is the highest daily number reported since January 23.
A further 33 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday.
The death toll in the UK has climbed to 128,301 overall.
Office for National Statistics published separate figures revealing there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The UK has had incredible success with the vaccination programme, having rolled out a total of 79,541,794 jabs.
Freedom Day will mark the end of the coronavirus restrictions including mask wearing and social distancing in a bid to give people back their freedoms.
Some shop and airline bosses have revealed they will be asking customers to continue to wear face masks.
The Standard revealed earlier the Government believe Covid cases will start falling in August because the virus will “run out of people to infect”.
“The modelling will give a more accurate indication of when a peak will occur,” said a source.
“Mid-August is broadly where we believe it will come. It will run through the unvaccinated and the single-dosed, but because such vast numbers of people now have antibodies and can resist it, it will then start falling off because it will run out of people to infect.”