The UK’s coronavirus cases rose to their highest rate at the end of May, as a total of 6,732 new cases were confirmed in England between 20 to 26 August.
According to NHS test and trace data, this is an increase of 6% which is the highest seven-day number since the week to 3 June.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned on Thursday, that a second wave in England remains a possibility.
Hancock told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, that efforts to prevent transmission of the virus are “going well,” but over a second wave the authorities are “very worried.”
Between 14 and 20 August there was around 28,200 people in private homes that caught coronavirus.
Hancock told Sky News that the UK are finding a “higher and higher proportion” of people who are infected with the virus.
Hancock said the test and trace system is “working well.”
He told Sky News, “At the moment the system works well. Of course, there are operational challenges from time to time, but it works well.
“And we’re finding a higher and higher proportion of people in the country who have coronavirus and getting them tests so they can be looked after.
“But absolutely, we need to roll out more testing, we have done throughout this crisis and today’s another step in solving some of those problems with the existing technology.”
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