UK Covid deaths today grew by 63 – down 34 per cent on the rise recorded this time last week.
Another 6,397 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours meaning 4,319,128 have now tested positive for the bug since the start of the pandemic.
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Londoners pictured on their morning commute as the nation marked a National Day of Reflection earlier in the weekCredit: PA
This time last week, there were 95 fatalities – more than a third higher than today’s rise. with 6,303 cases recorded in 24 hours.
The number of new cases is also smaller than it was last Thursday (6,303) but are higher than they were yesterday.
In fact, the number of new infections in the UK has grown for the fifth day in a row.
Yesterday, 5,605 new cases were recorded – 792 new cases fewer than today.
It comes as:
The Prime Minister is ditching the ‘stay at home’ rule next week, although holidays are banned, and anyone caught trying to leave the country for a non-essential reason faces a fine.
Millions of Brits were ordered to stay at home under the third national lockdown, working from their own house and unable to meet up with friends in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid.
But Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown has now started to unfold, with the next phase to take place from March 29.
And the next phase also means the “Stay Home” slogan will be axed in England.
Under the current rules, many Brits had been fined for not having a reasonable excuse for heading outside.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s lockdown rules differ due to their devolved governments, but they are also lifting lockdown restrictions.
Nicola Sturgeon already allowed groups of four from two households to meet outdoors earlier this month, and will ditch the “Stay Home” message for Scots from April 2.
Meanwhile Wales lifted the “Stay Home” order on March 13, but told people to stay local. Four people from two households can also meet outside.
Northern Ireland is set to reintroduce the Rule of Six outdoors from April 1, with the “Stay Home” order lifted on April 12.