A further 32,406 people have tested positive for Covid overnight – while fatalities have jumped by almost 50 per cent on this time last month.
Another 133 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours – a figure 46 per cent higher than July 28, when 91 deaths were recorded.
Meanwhile, health chiefs are bracing for surging cases after the bank holiday. Millions of Brits are heading out across the weekend to make the most of the weather, while 500,000 revellers are partying at festivals.
Cornwall is now the worst-hit place in the country for Covid after a five-fold increase in teenage infections.
According to The SUN, the south-west now has the highest infection rate of any English region after millions of Brits travelled to the area for stay cations.
Both Cornwall and neighbouring Devon have been slapped with new Covid rules after the spike – with children urged to wear masks in communal areas when they return to the classroom. But there are fears the situation could worsen across the UK in the days to come.