The UK has recorded 21 deaths Coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours and another 16,703 cases - the highest number of positives since February 6.
As the Delta variant takes hold, the 85,177 new cases this week represents an increase of 44.8 per cent over the previous seven days.
Case rates in England among all age groups are continuing to rise, Public Health England said today.
The highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 267.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 20, up week-on-week from 200.4.
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.
Meanwhile, another 207,647 people received their first dose of a COVID vaccine yesterday, while 167,988 got a second.
It comes as it was announced compulsory mask-wearing in England will be ditched within weeks but may still be needed on the Tube.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Government was aiming to remove the legal requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor public places on July 19.
Boris Johnson said there was a “real opportunity to open up travel” this summer for those who have two doses of the coronavirus jab.
Asked about Angela Merkel saying the Delta variant meant there should be more restrictions on British travellers going abroad, the Prime Minister said: “I think that the real opportunity we all have now is to open up travel through the double jab.
“If you look at it we’ve got more than 60% of our population have now had two jabs, I think 83% have had one jab, we’re really getting through it now.
“The crucial thing is come forward and get your second jab.”