THE UK has the highest daily rate of coronavirus infections in Europe, according to figures published today.
The stats revealed 107.3 people per million tested positive for the virus per day on average during the last week, as the dreaded Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
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The UK has the highest case rates in Europe, according to new dataCredit: Our World in Data
It comes as the Delta variant continues to spread across the countryCredit: PA
Figures recorded by the Oxford University-based research platform, Our World in Data, show Brits have even surpassed Spain on the Covid Richter scale.
It comes after Boris Johnson delayed the UK’s June 21 unlocking amid concerns the variant could create the perfect storm for a “substantial” third wave that could cripple the country.
The UK has now been ranked in pole position with the highest number of new cases in Europe – ahead of Spain, which has a rate of 104.6 cases per million, Latvia with an average of 92.1, and followed by Andorra with 90.6.
Belarus has a rate of 89.77, Russia recorded 83.7, while the next highest coronavirus infections come from Denmark, with a rate of 78.36.
The Netherlands was next at 77.19 and Sweden recorded a rate of 76.3.
Despite the increasing number of infections, the UK’s death rate remains flatCredit: Our World in Data
Portugal, which was removed from the UK’s green travel list last week after a rise in cases, recorded 70.58 per million.
But the data isn’t all doom and gloom, as one of Europe’s worst-hit countries during the beginning of the pandemic, Italy, recorded a rate of just 28.5.
The only countries to record a rate of zero cases per million were Iceland and San Marino.
Iceland recorded five cases yesterday, according to figures published by the World Health Organisation, while San Marion recorded zero.
The UK’s high number of cases could be due to the large number of tests conducted in the country compared to others in EuropeCredit: AFP
But the UK’s death rates have remained flat thanks to our stellar vaccine rollout – with statistics from Our World in Data showing that despite our high infection rate, the UK has delivered the fourth most vaccines in Europe over the last week.
Over 30 million people in the UK have now had both their Covid jabs.
More than 41 million Brits have had a first jab, with the rollout speeding up to beat the Delta variant.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Second doses are increasingly vital, so this is an incredibly important milestone.
“Day after day, our vaccination programme reaches new heights.
“With over 30 million people across the UK now receiving a second dose, we are giving the fullest possible protection to our loved ones in the face of new variants.”
The UK has administered the fourth most vaccines in Europe over the last weekCredit: Getty
Research found that a double vaccine jab does give strong protection against the variant first found in India, but it is not as effective.
The new variant, which has delayed “Freedom Day”, is thought to be about 60 per cent more transmissible than the Kent mutation.
It is a possibility that the UK’s high number of recorded cases could be due to the advanced number of tests per person being carried out compared to other countries.
Only Austria and Denmark conducted more tests than the UK for the size of their population, with 45.48 testes per 1,000 people and 17.26 carried out respectively.
In the UK, 13.74 tests per 1,000 people were performed.
Despite the increase in cases, Covid related deaths recorded in the UK remain flat.
Ten more were added to the official death toll today, seeing a small decrease from last week when 13 people died.