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Weekly COVID cases in England at their highest since February


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The number of weekly COVID-19 cases recorded in England has hit its highest level since mid-February, according to latest data.

A total of 79,248 people tested positive in the week to 23 June, up 43% on the week before, figures from NHS Test and Trace show.

It’s the highest since the week up to 17 February.

The figures also show 10,289 people started isolating in a managed quarantine hotel in the same week – the highest since the quarantine system began in February.

People who have visited or passed through a ‘red list’ country must pay to isolate in one of the hotels.

Another set of data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday showed an estimated 385,000 people in private households in the UK have experienced long COVID lasting for at least a year.

This is 376,000 more than a month ago, with those aged 35 to 69 most likely to report the condition.

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The figures also suggest 962,000 people were experiencing long COVID in the four weeks to June 6.

Long COVID is defined as symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after a person’s first suspected coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said double jabs will be “a liberator” for people wanting to travel abroad this summer.

He announced details of the government’s plan will be revealed in the “next few days”.

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His announcement comes as the furlough scheme begins to wind down across the country ahead of its closure in September.

Businesses are now having to contribute more towards furlough as the government has reduced its payments of 80% of wages to 70%.

More than one million UK workers came off furlough in May alone, with the number of people on the scheme at the lowest level since the pandemic began, according to government figures.

 Sky News

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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