UK Records Highest Number Of COVID Cases Since February
Government data showed the UK recorded 9,055 new infections, the highest figure since Feb. 25, when 9,985 cases were reported.
Wednesday's figure brings the country's total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to over 4.5 million. There were also nine further deaths, taking the death toll to 127,926.
By the end of this week, all those over 18 will be able to book their vaccination appointments.
Also on Wednesday, lawmakers voted to extend current coronavirus lockdown restrictions until July 19 after the prime minister announced Monday that the earlier proposed date of June 21 had to be pushed back four weeks due to rising cases of the Delta variant.
After a debate in the House of Commons, MPs backed the move by 461 votes to 60.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that vaccinations for care home staff will be made mandatory and that the government is looking into doing the same for workers in the National Health Service.
Cummings left 10 Downing Street earlier this year after falling out with Johnson and has since condemned the government's handling of the pandemic, singling out Hancock for particularly harsh criticism.