THE UK today recorded another 231 Covid deaths along with 5,766 new positive cases.
It comes after Britain yesterday reported its lowest daily rise in Covid deaths for the last five months.
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Today’s figures are lower than they were last Tuesday, when 343 deaths and 6,391 positive cases were recorded.
They are also down considerably on the rises reported the Tuesday before that which saw 548 deaths and 8,489 cases.
And yesterday, the UK recorded 65 Covid fatalities – the smallest rise since October in a further sign the spread is slowing.
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In England, 164 fatlities were confirmed today, bringing the total number of Covid deaths in English hospitals to 84,631.
The patients, who died between December 20 and March 8, were aged between 11 and 100 years old – and all but eight had underlying health conditions.
In Wales three more deaths were reported today, while in Scotland there were 19.
Two more fatalities were recorded in Northern Ireland.
It comes as England’s Chief Medical Officer warned of a “further surge” in coronavirus cases in the future.
Professor Chris Whitty said today that Covid will “find the people who have not been vaccinated”, or those for whom the jab does not work.
He made the comments while speaking to MPs in the Science and Technology Committee, saying the public should be aware there will be “further deaths” on top of the 125,000 so far and the crisis is not “over”.
Prof Whitty said: “What we are going to see is as things are opening up, what all the modelling suggests is that at some point we will get a surge in virus.
“Whether that happens, we hope it doesn’t happen soon, but it might for example later in the summer if we open up gradually, or if there is a seasonal effect, it might happen over the next autumn and winter.
Professor Chris Whitty said a third wave will ‘find those who have not been vaccinated’
“But all the modelling suggests there will be a further surge and that will find the people who either have not been vaccinated, or the vaccine has not worked.
“Some of them will end up in hospital, and sadly some of them will die. And that’s just the reality of where we are with the current vaccination.”
The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance also told MPs it was inevitable coronavirus cases would increase as restrictions on social mixing were eased.
Sir Patrick was asked whether “data, not dates” – the strategy being used to move forward with each step of the lockdown – was just slogan.
The chief scientific advisor said: “For us, it’s very important that you measure what you’ve done and we don’t know the impact of, for example schools going back, is going to be.
“And so there’s an estimate from the modelling group that it could have an effect on R, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent increase. We don’t know within that range exactly what it would be.
“Nobody would say that we know exactly how this is going to roll out over the next few months.
“And the important thing is to measure, adapt and take decisions in the light of information as it emerges.”
So far in the UK, more than 22.3 million people have been given their first dose of the vaccine.
More than 1million have had their second jab.