Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
12 July 2021

UK Covid-19 rates are the highest of any European country after Cyprus

Coronavirus cases in Britain have reached their highest level since January with 221,000 in the last week. 

By Nicu Calcea

UK Covid-19 cases have surged with 221,000 people testing positive in the UK in the week to 11 July, official figures show. In Europe, only Cyprus has a higher case rate – over 1,000 new daily cases per one million people – compared to Britain’s 461 new cases per million.


Much of this growth was caused by a surge in the more infectious Delta and Delta-plus variants, which now account for nearly all new cases in the UK. Government estimates put the infection rate between 1.2 and 1.5 meaning every 10 people with Covid-19 are infecting 12-15 others.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson today reaffirmed his intention to lift nearly all lockdown restrictions on 19 July despite opposition from scientists, public health experts and voters

“Cases will rise as we unlock,” Johnson said in a statement today. “Caution is absolutely vital, and we must all take responsibility so we don’t undo our progress, ensuring we continue to protect our NHS.”

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

Around 68 per cent of the British adult population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with just over half (51 per cent) now fully vaccinated.

Content from our partners
The green transition can unlock 40,000 new businesses and £175bn
Building the business case for growth
“On supporting farmers, McDonald’s sets a high standard”

[See also: How many people will delete the NHS app as self-isolation alerts rise?]

Topics in this article :