UK Covid cases have risen 50 per cent in a week, with 6,238 positive tests and 11 deaths recorded yesterday.
The leap comes amid fears the June 21 lockdown easing will be delayed as cases of the Indian variant of the virus increase.
Last Friday saw 4,182 new infections of the virus, with the overall figure of coronavirus cases in the UK now 4,506, 018.
The total death toll from the virus in the UK has now reached 127,823 after the latest publication of fatalities today.
Yesterday, there were 191,266 more first doses of the vaccines administered, with 568,907 jabs in total.
But the rise in infections has cast fresh doubt on the Government’s final Step 4 end to lockdown due to take place on June 21.
Data suggests the mutation is twice as likely to cause hospitalisation, leaving this month’s ‘s “Freedom Day” hanging in the balance.
Brits will be told about the government’s decision on easing restrictions on June 14.