COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise rapidly in the UK, with 51,870 cases reported in the latest 24-hour period.
The number of cases reported on Friday marks the highest daily total since 15 January, when more than 55,000 cases were reported in a single day. Meanwhile, Friday saw a further 49 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Approximately 88% of people in the UK have now had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while nearly 68% have also had their second dose.
According to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around one in 95 people in England are thought to have had COVID-19 in the week to 10 July.
The rise of coronavirus cases and hospital patients has sparked particular concern in some parts of the country, including in Birmingham. According to reports, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham was full on Thursday and a number of operations have been cancelled due to a lack of hospital beds.
The rapid rise in cases of COVID-19 in the UK comes ahead of almost all legal coronavirus-related restrictions being dropped in England from Monday. With cases continuing to rise though, Government advice is encouraging people to continue to wear face coverings in some settings such as public transport, despite this no longer being a legal requirement from 19 July.