Although the app showed there has been a 40 per cent increase in the vaccinated populations, the team believes the Covid ‘R’ value in the UK is now at one.

Tim Spector, the lead scientist on the app and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “Whilst the figures look worrying, it’s important to highlight that vaccines have massively reduced severe infections and, post-vaccination, Covid is a much milder disease for most people.

“We are seeing the overall incidence rates plateau in the UK with an ‘R’ value of 1.0, which is good news. But the rate of decline may be slower this time, as many of the restrictions in place previously will end.”

The latest data also show that the percentage increase in seven-day case rates has fallen dramatically in recent weeks, with cases currently increasing at 24 per cent per week, compared to 74 per cent at the end of last month.

On Sunday, the Government announced that every adult in Britain has been offered a first dose of a Covid vaccine, with 87.8 per cent of the population having taken up the chance of protection. More than two thirds of the adult population has also now had both doses.

Analysis from PHE and the University of Cambridge suggests vaccines have so far prevented an estimated 11.8 million infections and almost 37,000 deaths in England alone.

On Sunday, Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, said this was the best time to release, adding: “Now does seem to be the logical moment to do that, despite the fact that there is a significant prevalence of the virus in society, for a number of reasons.

“Firstly because we’re about to go into the school holidays, which will mean that transmission among the young and families will be more controllable, secondly because the weather is better in the summer and we’re experiencing extremely good weather right now, so the climate is the most benign, we’re likely to have.”


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