There have been 5.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,000 people have died, government figures show.
However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.
More than 46 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
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Steep rise in new daily cases
After declining substantially at the start of the year, the average number of daily confirmed cases has been rising sharply in recent weeks.
A further 44,104 confirmed cases in the UK were announced on Wednesday.
The rise in cases is being driven by the Delta variant, which spreads faster than the previously most common Kent variant (now named Alpha).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now lifted all legal restrictions in England but he has urged the public to remain cautious, saying the pandemic is not over.
Heath Secretary Sajid Javid has said that although cases will continue to rise, he did not believe that infection rates would put “unsustainable pressure on the NHS”.
Recent data suggests that the vaccination programme has reduced hospital admissions and deaths, with a fewer than one in 1,000 infections now estimated to result in death – compared with one in 60 during last winter.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has said that while current hospitalisation rates are “not trivial” and are rising, they are “way below” those seen in previous waves.
It is thought the infection rate in the first peak of the virus in spring last year was much higher than was evident from the reported number of cases. Testing capacity was then too limited to detect the true number of daily cases.
The red areas on the map below show the places currently seeing the highest number of cases per 100,000 people.
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Vaccine rollout continuing
More than 46 million people – 88% of all UK adults – have now received a first dose of a vaccine and 36 million people, or 69% of all adults, have had a second.
In total, nearly 39 million people in England have had one vaccine dose.
In Scotland, nearly four million people have had their first shot, while the figure is approaching 2.3 million in Wales and 1.2 million in Northern Ireland.
Everyone over the age of 18 across the UK can now book a vaccine.
Daily deaths now rising
There were 73 deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported on Wednesday.
Of those deaths, 63 were in England, seven were in Scotland, two were in Northern Ireland and one was in Wales.
Rules were amended last summer to include deaths in the coronavirus total only if they occurred within 28 days of a positive test. Previously in England, all deaths after a positive test were included.
England has seen the majority of UK deaths from Covid-19. Using the 28-day cut-off, there have been more than 113,000.
Hospital cases rising again
The most recent government figures show at least 4,658 people with coronavirus in hospital in the UK. That figure was about 3,600 a week ago.
Although numbers are now rising, they are still far below the peak of nearly 40,000 people back in January.
Patient numbers are rising again in many areas now, albeit at different rates, as the chart below shows.
Patient groups and hospital staff have warned that lives are being put at risk by the huge backlog of treatment left by the pandemic.
In-depth analysis by BBC News found nearly a third of hospitals have seen long waits increase, major disruption to cancer services and a fall in GP referrals and screening services.
Death toll could be above 150,000
When looking at the overall death toll from coronavirus, official figures count deaths in three different ways, each giving a slightly different number.
First, government figures count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus – and that total is now more than 128,000.
According to the latest ONS figures, the UK has now seen 153,000 deaths – that’s all those deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even if the person had not been tested for the virus.
The third measure counts all deaths over and above the usual number at the time of year – that figure was 115,422 by 9 July.
In total, there were 10,834 deaths registered in the week to 9 July, which was 6% above the five-year average.
Of the total deaths, 213 were related to coronavirus, 82 more than in the previous week.
There have now been more deaths involving Covid than “excess” deaths, which means non-Covid deaths must be below usual levels.
This could be because of a milder flu season – resulting from less travel and more social distancing – and because some people who might have died for other reasons had there been no pandemic, died of Covid.
What is the R number?
The “R number” is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow.
The government has said in the past that the R number is one of the most important factors in making policy decisions.
The latest R number estimate for England is 1.2 to 1.4, while for Scotland it is 1.1 to 1.4, for Wales it is 1.2 to 1.5 and for Northern Ireland it is 1.1 to 1.5.