Britain reported another 8,125 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,550,944, according to official figures released Friday, APA reports.
The country also recorded another 17 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 127,884. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
More than 41 million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and over 29 million have received their second dose across Britain, according to the latest official figures.
The latest reproduction number (R number) of COVID-19 for England is between 1.2 and 1.4, according to figures updated Friday by the British Department of Health and Social Care.
The R value is the average number of secondary infections produced by a single infected person. An R value between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.
In the meantime, the latest growth rate of COVID-19 for England ranges from 3 percent to 6 percent, according to the department.
A growth rate of between 3 percent to 6 percent means that the number of new infections is growing by between 3 percent to 6 percent every day.
Under the British government's roadmap, all legal limits on social contact could be removed on June 21 if the situation goes well. It is understood that a final decision on the planned easing of lockdown will not be made until June 14.
The BBC quoted Nadhim Zahawi, minister for COVID vaccine deployment, as saying: "We have to be really careful so that those hard won wars against the virus are not squandered."
He also said that the Delta variant (first identified in India) is more infectious and more severe for those it infects, so "we have to be really careful".
To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia, the United States as well as the European Union have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.