COVID deaths in the UK have dropped by 16 per cent in a week – with 38 more fatalities recorded today.
A further 2,491 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the UK’s total infection toll to 4,378,305.
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People in England can now get haircuts and eat and drink outdoors as lockdown easesCredit: Avalon.red
Today’s Covid fatalities brings the grim total since the beginning of the pandemic to 127,161.
Yesterday, 2,472 new cases of the virus were recorded in the UK, while a further 23 people lost their lives to the deadly bug.
And one week ago on April 7, the daily infection rate was at 2,763 – and the daily death toll stood at 45.
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And almost a quarter of registered Covid deaths were not caused by the virus, new official figures reveal.
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 23 per cent of coronavirus fatalities are now people who have died “with” the virus rather than from an infection.
This means the disease was not the primary cause of death recorded on death certificates, despite the person who died testing positive for Covid.
Other data also shows an increasingly positive picture of the state of the pandemic in Britain.
Daily death figures by “date of death” reveal that Britain has had no more than 28 deaths a day since the beginning of April.
Meanwhile, the government announced deaths have been as high as 60.
Since the latest national lockdown was introduced at the start of January, cases have plunged from almost 60,000 a day to a seven-day average of around 2,500 infections.
The number of patients in hospital with Covid across the UK has fallen to around 3,000 from a peak of almost 40,000 in January.
Deaths have plummeted from a peak seven-day average of 1,250 on January 23 to just over 30 today.
Meanwhile, the successful vaccine rollout has seen more than 32 million Brits get at least one jab and almost 8 million receive a second dose.
It is hoped the vaccination programme will help cases and deaths continue to fall as lockdown restrictions are eased.
The latest milestone came on Monday with hairdressers, non-essential shops and pubs among the businesses allowed to open for the first time in months.
On May 17, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people indoors and households will be able to mix inside once again.
It is hoped that all restrictions could be lifted on June 21, if infections and deaths continue to fall and the vaccination programme remains on course to offer all UK adults a jab by the end of July.