UK Covid live: 27,989 new cases as PM says ‘extra precautions’ may be needed in England after 19 July

Latest updates: new infections at highest since end of January; Boris Johnson says England is in ‘final furlong’ in route to opening up

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Voters have been casting their ballots in the Batley and Spen byelection today. Here are some pictures from polling stations in the constituency.

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According to the Covid-19 Actuaries Response Group, hospital admissions in England are starting to rise quite sharply.

Update on COVID hospital admissions and deaths in England.

Admissions are rising sharply again with a big jump today to 283. This takes the daily average to 227 – that’s three time as many as in mid May and currently accelerating. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/h5mITat7SI

Almost all regions are now showing strong increases over the past week, only the East of England was flat. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/xFbpuA2pJq

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