The United Kingdom counted 16,135 new infections with the coronavirus on Wednesday. That is the highest daily figure since early February. On Monday and Tuesday, 10,633 and 11,625 cases were registered, respectively.
The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, is dominant in the UK and responsible for increased infections.
This would be 40 to 60 percent more contagious than the Alfa variant, which was previously predominant. Since the beginning of May, more and more Britons have tested positive for the virus.
The United Kingdom was still struggling with a severe corona wave at the beginning of this year. More than 80,000 infections per day were reported at their peak, but authorities managed to bring the numbers down with strict measures and a high vaccination rate.
The decrease allowed restrictions to be lifted, but future easing is at risk as the number of infections continues to rise.