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Vaccination nurse Lorraine Mooney gives a vaccination to a member of the public outside a bus in the car park of Crieff Community Hospital.
Britain's daily Covid cases surged 36 per cent in one week - but the country's death toll has plummeted by a fifth as vaccinations keep hospitalisations low.

A further 24,885 people tested positive for coronavirus today, up from 18,270 last Saturday and the sixth day in a row the daily figure has surged above 20,000.

But the 18 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours marks a drop of 21.7 per cent on the 23 recorded on this day last week.

It is a positive sign that jabs are keeping the number of serious cases small.

Comment: Since the vaccines have not been proven effective, it's simply a matter of faith to attribute the drop serious cases to the shots.

The latest data shows there were 358 people admitted to hospital with the virus on June 29 - up 54 per cent on the last week.

Despite the rise, current levels are a fraction of the number of people in hospital the last time infections were this high at the end of the second wave.

Meanwhile, fully-vaccinated Britons are expected to be free to live as normal after coming into contact with a coronavirus sufferer within weeks.

Proposals to allow those with both jabs to carry on as normal without the need to self-isolate or take daily tests are 'under consideration, the Government has confirmed, amid fears the current use of the NHS Covid-19 app could 'cripple' Britain.

Officials have admitted the suggestion carries with it a risk that unvaccinated people may ignore the rules, The Times reported.

Infections are predicted to increase by 26 per cent if the restrictions are lifted but the Government is expected to move ahead with the plans to avoid further disruption to businesses, schools and public services.

It comes after NHS staff blasted the Government's track and trace system because a fifth of double-jabbed workers, and also millions of Britons, could be asked to self-isolate.

A meeting of the Covid operations committee on Monday is expected to see ministers sign off the plan to 'advise' but not require fully vaccinated people to take daily tests if they are named as a contact to a coronavirus sufferer.

Cabinet minister hope the plan will allow them to better support those who test positive, following complaints the rules are not currently being followed because of an absence of financial support.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a senior clinical lecturer in communicable diseases at the University of Exeter's medical school, said he thought it was 'perfectly OK' for people who had received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to be exempt from quarantine measures.

Dr Pankhania told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'The gold standard would be to be cautious even if you have been immunised twice - in other words, fully immunised.

'However, as a measured action going forward I think it is OK and my reasons are as follows: an immunised person is less infectious and furthermore the testing of people who are in quarantine isolating is pretty inaccurate, so balancing both, I think it is perfectly OK.'

Asked whether he thought vaccines had broken the link between infections, hospital admissions and death, Dr Pankhania said: 'You are absolutely right in that we are now noticing that while the case numbers have gone up, a proportionate similar rise in the number of hospitalisations and deaths has not occurred and therefore we feel that the vaccines are working and they are working really well at preventing people from entering ICU, ventilators and death.

Comment: Or, the drop in hospitalizations is actually because the NHS is no longer labeling every health condition under the sun as a Covid case. The numbers have been completely fabricated from day one, making them meaningless. See: NHS Told to Identify Patients Actually Sick From Covid-19 Rather Than Those Testing Positive

'Therefore, having uncoupled that, we can start thinking about other uncoupling measures as well, such as no need to quarantine after being fully immunised.'

Explaining his comments about testing being 'pretty inaccurate', he said quick-result lateral flow tests were giving a 'false sense of reassurance' to those testing negative.

But critics of the proposed system say most people will refuse to take daily tests, meaning compliance will go 'out the window'.

Some 33.2million people, just under half of the UK population, had received both doses of the vaccine as of Thursday morning. The new system is expected to be implemented at the end of August so ministers can use the results of a trial to help guide policy. The trial has seen 40,000 people asked to take daily tests instead of self-isolating.

Hospitality businesses are outraged by the delay to the proposals, and want the rules in place earlier to allow workers to continue serving without being told to self-isolate for ten days.

Rob Pitcher, chief executive of Revolution Bars Group, said the NHS Test and Trace app was making it 'very difficult' for the hospitality trade to recover following the coronavirus lockdowns.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the company's Edinburgh bar was currently closed due to an infection case, one of its Manchester bars had just undergone a shutdown of 10 days and some outlets were running with reduced hours due to a shortage of kitchen staff.

Mr Pitcher, whose company runs 66 bars, said: 'At any one point at the moment, we've probably got 10-15 per cent of our estate in some form of closure. It is having a huge impact across our business and the industry at large.'