CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK have dropped by 24 per cent with 2,589 daily infections recorded today.
The latest figures show 40 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours as Brits prepare for the next phase of lockdown lifting.
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People wearing face masks walk in Stratford-upon-Avon in WarwickshireCredit: PA
Last Saturday, 10 fatalities were reported – the lowest figure since September 14.
The number of Covid infections recorded today means that it has been a 24 per cent drop from last week’s 3,423 new cases.
Today’s coronavirus case toll brings the total figure to 4,368,045 and the total number of deaths to 127,080.
Yesterday, 3,150 new cases and 60 deaths were reported in the UK.
The latest NHS data shows a total of 32,737,372 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and April 9.
Of these, 26,996,936 were the first dose of a vaccine, while 5,740,436 were a second dose.
The fall in cases comes as England prepares for further easing of lockdown restrictions, with non-essential retail, gyms and hairdressers allowed to reopen from Monday.
Outdoor hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants, will also be able to restart with table service.
Up to 15 guests will be allowed to attend a wedding ceremony and reception, while 30 mourners will be able to attend a funeral service.
The next step of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown is expected to happen on May 17.
A woman receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Haringey, north LondonCredit: LNP
Depending on the number of new cases and deaths, as well as the pressure on the NHS, more restrictions could be relaxed.
They include the reopening of indoor hospitality, more freedoms in terms of social contact and possibly the option to travel abroad on holiday.
But despite the easing of restrictions, the official coronavirus R rate has stalled close to the critical 1 in England.
As infections continue to fall across the country the R rate has remained stagnant at 0.8 to 1 for the third week running.
Last week Government advisers at Sage failed to agree on the figure for across the UK because case numbers are so low.
Sage again said yesterday: “No UK estimates for R and growth rate have been agreed.”
Gyms will be allowed to reopen from MondayCredit: PA