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Covid cases rise 50% in a WEEK amid fears June 21 easing will be delayed as 6,238 test positive and 11 people die

UK Covid cases have risen 50 per cent in a week, with 6,238 new positive tests and 11 deaths recorded.

The leap comes amid fears the June 21 lockdown easing may be delayed as cases of the Indian variant of the virus surge.

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Cases of Covid have risen 50 per cent in a week, today’s figures show[/caption]

Last Friday saw 4,182 new infections, with the overall figure of coronavirus cases in the UK now 4,506,018.

The total death toll from the virus in the UK has now reached 127,823 after the latest publication of fatalities today.

Yesterday, there were 191,266 more first doses of the vaccines administered, with 568,907 jabs in total.

But the rise in infections has cast fresh doubt on the Government’s final Step 4 end to lockdown due to take place on June 21.

JUNE FEARS

Data suggests the mutation is twice as likely to cause hospitalisation, leaving this month’s ‘s “Freedom Day” hanging in the balance.

Brits will be told about the government’s decision on easing restrictions on June 14.

A Public Health England report showed people who tested positive for the Indian variant – also known as the Delta variant – were at 161 per cent more risk of needing hospital treatment within 14 days.

The “Nepal variant” found in Britain – a mutated version of the Indian variant ripping through the country – has also sparked concern.

 A “small number” of cases are in the UK, with around 20 people thought to have been struck down with the mutation.

The new variant has disrupted Brits’ holiday plans to Portugal, after 12 cases were found there.

Around 20 people have been found to have been infected with the mutated variant in the UK, the MailOnline reports, but it is not known where.

It comes as the Indian variant has become the most dominant in the country, and could be up to 100 per cent more transmissible than the Kent strain.

Meanwhile, mixing Covid vaccines may hit the “sweet spot of best protection”, scientists believe.

Ongoing studies have so far provided positive evidence that by using a cocktail of jabs is both safe and possibly more effective.

Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said there was evidence swapping vaccines “improves immune response”.

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