The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 533 in the lowest Friday toll since the week before Christmas.

It’s more than 200 lower than last Friday although proportionally cases are not falling as quickly.

The infection numbers also rose by 12,027 in the 24 hours to Friday.

The youngest person to die was just 13-years-old.

Patients who died of the virus in England’s hospitals were aged between 13 and 103.

All except 26, aged between 13 and 96, had known underlying health conditions.

The full national toll tallies deaths across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Critical Care staff take care of a Covid-19 patient on the Christine Brown ward at King's College Hospital in London

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The tragic toll includes 481 in England, 31 in Scotland, 16 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.

Last Friday 758 deaths were announced along with an increase of 13,494 infections in 24 hours.

Today’s figure is the lowest daily rise on a Friday since December 18, when 489 people lost their lives to Covid-19.

The previous Friday, February 5, 1,014 people died compared to 1,245 the week before that.

Graph of numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 in private households in England showing numbers falling

The second wave of infections in England is subsiding
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It comes as the UK’s ‘R’ rate falls between 0.6 and 0.9, in the lowest transmission rate recorded since last summer.

Boris Johnson is set to outline his map for exiting lockdown on Monday.

The Prime Minister has said he can’t promise the third national lockdown will be England’s last.

But he is expected to outline key dates for a phased reopening of the economy, beginning with schools.

He has warned the exit from lockdown will be ‘cautious,’ even as the R drops below one for the first time since last summer, meaning transmission is shrinking.

People queue for the coronavirus vaccine in Cardiff
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The current ‘R’ number means, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between six and nine other people.

It’s the first time it’s been below one since last July.

It comes after months of restrictions imposed across the four nations, and a national vaccine rollout.

Today’s figures showed nearly 16.7million have received a first dose of the jab.

Experts at Independent Sage have urged the PM to wait to lift restrictions until the number of new confirmed cases was below 100 per 100,000.

The group, which was set up to mirror the Government’s Sage advisory group, said a functioning test, trace and isolate system would still be needed even as more people get immunity from vaccinations.

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