The UK has reported 35,707 new cases of coronavirus and a further 29 deaths in the last 24-hour period.
This is now the highest number of cases recorded in the third wave and since January 23, when there were 33,431 new infections.
The number of new infections has risen nearly 9,000 from last Friday, when there were 26,758 new cases – and 27 deaths.
The news comes as the number of coronavirus reproduction (R) in England has increased slightly and is now between 1.2 and 1.5 according to the latest government figures.
Last week it was between 1.1 and 1.3.
Regionally, the R number is as high as 1.6 in the North East and Yorkshire, South East and South West.
R represents the average number of people that each Covid-19 positive person continues to infect.
An R value between 1.2 and 1.5 means that every 10 infected on average infects between 12 and 15 other people.
When the number is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but when it is below 1, it means that the epidemic is shrinking.
The growth rate is between 3% and 7%, which means that the number of new infections grows by between 3% and 7% every day.
Last week, the growth rate was + 2% to + 5%.
The estimates represent the transmission of coronavirus two to three weeks ago due to the time delay between a person who is infected, develops symptoms and needs health care.
Data from the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) Infection Survey shows that about 1 in 160 people test positive with Covid-19.
And the delta variant in the UK is also still rising.
The data comes from ONS ‘infection study, which measures how coronavirus spreads in society.
Unlike most test numbers, it uses a formula to estimate the overall cases of coronavirus – whether people have tested positive or not. This means that it is much higher than other estimates of the virus.
However, it only looks at society, then excludes places like hospitals, nursing homes and other “institutional” environments like prisons.