Britain has just recorded its biggest jump in daily infection rates since December 22 with a 90% rise in cases from June 1 to June 8.
The biggest rise in six months
Yesterday, the UK saw 6,048 new COVID cases and 13 deaths with 126 patients having been admitted to the hospital—a grand majority attributable to the Delta variant. The massive spike is only adding to the already mounted pressure for the government to push back the end of COVID-19 restrictions originally set on June 21.
Although experts say the vaccine has definitively broken the link between rising cases and hospitalisations, ministers are still waiting for more data to come out to make a final decision as to when the much anticipated freedom day will take place.
The North West in critical condition
The most affected areas in Britain are Lancashire and Greater Manchester forcing Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, to issue a warning to more than four million people not to leave their areas and avoid large gatherings in hopes to halt the spread of the virus.
As a result, the two hot spots in the North West are being sent 'enhanced support' by deploying the Army to help carry out surge testing and administrate greater volumes of vaccines. Mr. Hancock said in a statement:
I want to encourage everyone in Greater Manchester and Lancashire to get the tests on offer. We know that this approach can work—we have seen it work in South London and in Bolton in stopping a rise in the number of cases.
This is the next stage of tackling the pandemic in Greater Manchester and in Lancashire, and of course, it is vital that people in these areas as everywhere, come forward and get the jab as soon as they are eligible.