Another 445 people have died of Covid-19 in the UK, with a teenager with no known underlying health conditions among the grim tally.
According to Department of Health data 10,406 cases were recorded today, the lowest rise on a Saturday since the end of September.
In the past week 78,570 cases were recorded, which is 19 per cent fewer than the week before.
Tragically a 16-year-old with no known underlying health conditions died in England, where patients were aged between 16 and 100 and all except four – aged between 16 and 68 – had known underlying health conditions.
Yesterday a further 533 people’s death were added to the tally – the lowest Friday toll since the week before Christmas.
The youngest person to die on Friday was just 13-years-old.
The full national toll tallies deaths across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
In recent days it has fallen back to levels last seen at the end of 2020.
At its peak midway through January 1,820 people died in a single day.
The fact the daily toll is much lower now is linked to the falling infection rate, which has been driven by the national lockdown.
The coronavirus infection rate could now be as low as 0.6 in the UK, the Department for Health and Social care announced yesterday.
The latest R estimate for the whole of the UK is between 0.6 and 0.9.
The growth rate estimate is now between -6 per cent and -3 per cent, meaning new coronavirus cases are dropping by up to 6 per cent each day.
The last time the growth rate was this low was at the beginning of July.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said, said the falling numbers were not a reason for people to be less diligent.
“Our efforts are working as case rates, hospitalisation rates and deaths are slowly falling,” she said.
“The number of new infections is higher than the end of September and remains concerning.
“This could increase very quickly if we do not follow the current measures.
“Although it is difficult, we must continue to stay home and protect lives.”