CORONAVIRUS deaths have dropped to single figures in the UK with seven recorded in the last 24 hours.
The latest figures show 1,730 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours as Brits prepare for the next phase of lockdown lifting.
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New infections have dropped from yesterday’s figuresCredit: PA
In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,730 new infections totalling the number of infections in the UK to 4,369,775.
Deaths from coronavirus have also declined – falling from 40 yesterday to seven today.
Last Sunday 10 people died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus following a seven-month low.
Figures from last week brought the number of deaths to 126,836.
Of new cases, there were 2,297 recorded infections across England last Sunday.
It comes as…
The Scottish Government confirmed today the country’s total coronavirus cases has reached 221,962.
There were no new hospital admissions yesterday but one person with the virus was admitted to intensive care.
The new cases represent 1.8 per cent of 15,916 people who had been tested for the virus, up from 0.3 per cent from yesterday.
From Monday England will enter a new lockdown phase which will allow shops, pubs and restaurants to reopen.
The easing of strict Covid restrictions will also see hair and nail salons, gyms, zoos and theme parks finally throw open their doors to millions of eager customers.
Lockdown measures were first eased on March 8, when schools reopened in England, followed by March 29, when millions saw the rule of six return.
Then, on Easter Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the roadmap dates he had initially set out will remain unchanged.
The next step of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown is expected to happen on May 17.
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.
Meanwhile more than half of Brits live in Covid-free areas just two months after England was ravaged by the killer bug.
Public data now shows some areas of the UK have not reported a single case in more than a month.
With infections so low in areas that are home to 34.5million Brits, Public Health England have redacted weekly case tallies to protest the privacy of those who test positive.
On PHE’s interactive map of the UK’s cases, information for many areas reads: “There were fewer than 3 cases. For smaller areas with fewer than 3 cases, we do not show data. This is to protect individuals’ identities.”