The warning comes ahead of England’s ‘freedom day’ on 19 July, which will see the remaining coronavirus measures removed in the final stage of the lockdown roadmap. Covid-19 cases and deaths are expected to rise significantly once restrictions are removed, despite the protection offered by the successful vaccination campaign, with more than 52 per cent of the UK population now fully vaccinated. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set out their own plans for easing restrictions, but experts are urging caution as freedoms are restored. Listed are the 13 areas of the UK which have the highest Covid-19 rates right now, based on the seven days up to 7 July. Images are for illustrative purposes.
Where are the highest covid cases in the UK? 13 areas with highest number of infections in past week
Health experts have warned that Covid-19 related deaths could surge to 200 per day once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
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