The UK has recorded 32,548 cases in one day with a further 33 deaths as the England prepares to end all legal restrictions on 19 July.
Cases have trebled in a fortnight as on 27 June there were 15,000 and today’s cases are the highest daily total since 23 January this year.
This is an increase of 42.8% week on week and in the last seven days there has now been 200,000 cases recorded.
The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has warned on Wednesday that 5,000 people could catch long Covid every day by the end of this summer.
The admission was made to Sky News as he was defending the government’s decision to stop restrictions in England, even though infections are rising.
The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that he expects Covid cases to rise “significantly” which could be as “high as 100,000” a day.
The Health Secretary was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme how many cases we could have a day by mid-August.
Javid said, “Because this is uncharted territory for any country in the world, as you go further out, week by week, the numbers in terms of projections are even less reliable.
“I said in parliament yesterday that by the time we get to the 19th, we would expect case numbers by then to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 a day.
“As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000.”