UK reports highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since February
The United Kingdom on Thursday reported 16,703 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase since February.
The spike, along with 21 deaths counted Thursday by the British government's COVID-19 tracker, comes even as nearly 83 percent of the U.K.'s population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Cases began to plummet after peaking in late December and early January, dipping below 2,000 a day in May. However, cases began to pick up again starting in mid-May as the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which was first detected in India, spread through the country, The Hill reported.
According to the COVID-19 tracker, the U.K. has seen more than 4.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 152,000 deaths.
The delta variant is more infectious than prior dominant strains and is believed to cause a quicker onset of illness.