The UK’s vaccination program is underway with 65 per cent of Londoners having received their first dose of the jab and 45 per cent having had the second.

But as lockdown restrictions continue to ease and all restrictions set to be lifted on Monday July 19, Covid-19 cases are on the rise with 277,995 positive cases and 277 deaths in the last seven days.

In the top 10 coronavirus hotspots across Britain, Hackney in East London is now the ninth worst Covid hotspot in the UK, according to a study conducted by ZOE Covid Symptom study.

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Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Study app and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, expressed that the group would be monitoring the rise in infections.

He told The Sun : “We are seeing the overall incidence rates plateau in the UK with an R value of 1.0, which is good news.”

It’s believed fans watching games together at Euro 2020 may have contributed to the increase in cases.

Wembley Stadium Euro 2020 Final England Italy Tickets
Wembley was ‘practically full’ despite having a capacity limited of 60,000
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Mr Spector added: “The numbers are still high with around one in 142 people with Covid, so we’ll keep a close eye on numbers and the effect of the Euro Football Championship in the coming days and weeks.”

In the study which showed the top 25 Covid hotspots, the borough of Islington, North London was placed at 21.

Although restrictions are set to be lifted on Monday, July 19, Londoners will still be urged to wear face masks and face coverings on public transport.

Sadiq Khan has asked Londoners to continue to wear face masks on London transport ahead of July 19
Sadiq Khan has asked Londoners to continue to wear face masks on London transport ahead of July 19
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From Monday mask wearing will become a personal choice but some retailers have announced their own rules and regulations.

Supermarkets including Waitrose, John Lewis, Tesco and Aldi have stated that they will encourage customers to wear coverings while shopping.

Do you feel safer since being vaccinated? Do you feel comfortable meeting up with family? Let us know in the comment section below.

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