That equates to 2.7 million infections — up 18 percent from 2.3 million the previous week.
That’s the highest estimate since late April, but still below the record high of 4.9 million set in late March.
Covid is most common in Scotland, where around one in 17 people have the virus, up from one in 18 in the previous week. This is the highest rating for Scotland since early April.
However, infections in Scotland were rising at a slower rate than elsewhere in the UK, the ONS said.
In England, 2.2 million people are believed to have had the virus last week, which equates to one in 25, one in 30.
Wales also saw a jump in infections from one in 20 people to one in 30. In Northern Ireland, infections rose from 19 to one, from 25 to one.
Meanwhile, the number of people in hospital in England who tested positive for Covid-19 stood at 11,878 on July 7 – up 33 per cent on the week.
Those with Covid symptoms severe enough to require mechanical ventilator beds were 232 on July 7 – up 10 per cent on the week and the highest in two months, but well below previous pandemic peaks.
UK Covid cases surged with 2.7 million people infected last week
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