More than 7,000 new Covid cases reported in the last 24 hours

More than 7,700 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the past 24 hours – the largest Saturday increase since February.

In the government’s latest daily update, 7,738 cases and 12 deaths were reported.

In total, 4,558,494 cases have been confirmed since the pandemic began.

More than half of the UK population has now received at least the first dose of a vaccine, with 41,291,331 people now receiving the first dose and 29,450,653 a second dose.

It comes a day after government officials announced that the R-rate rose between 1.2 and 1.4 within the country, resulting in a 3 to 6 percent daily growth rate.

In the Midlands, the R-rate is believed to be 1.1 to 1.3, which corresponds to a growth rate of 1 to 5 percent.

Meanwhile, officials have announced that the new Delta variant will be 64 percent more transferable than the Kent variant.

The new variant is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of cases in England.

The number of Delta cases doubles in each region of England at a rate of 4.5 days to 11.5 days.

If the R number is below 1, the Covid-19 outbreak will shrink, but if it is above one it will grow exponentially.

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