There have been 4.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 128,000 people have died, government figures show.
However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.
Nearly 45 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
ases now on the rise again
After declining substantially at the start of the year, the average number of daily confirmed cases has been rising in recent weeks.
A further 26,068 confirmed cases in the UK were announced on Wednesday.
The rise in cases is being driven by the more transmissible Delta variant and has led to further lifting of coronavirus restrictions being delayed.
Lockdown measures were due to be eased in England and Scotland from 21 June, but that move was put on hold to allow more time for people to be vaccinated.
However, people in England will "very likely" be able to return to "pretty much life before Covid" on the revised date of 19 July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
Recent data suggests that the vaccination programme has reduced hospital admissions and deaths, with an estimated fewer than one in 1,000 infections now leading to a death - compared with one in 60 during last winter.
BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle says this has dramatically altered what can be considered a proportionate response to the virus - and is why a further loosening of restrictions remains on the cards, despite rising cases.