Another 215 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK – the lowest daily toll in two months.
Today’s figures show a further 9,834 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Since the start of the pandemic, 4,115,509 people have returned positive test results in the UK.
The UK’s overall death toll now stands at 120,580, however this rises to 129,498 when taking into account all fatalities that listed Covid-19 on the death certificate.
For comparison, last Sunday saw 258 deaths in the lowest death toll recorded in seven weeks, along with 10,972 positive test results.
Today’s figures show there has been more than a 16% seven-day drop in the number of deaths, while the number of cases has decreased by more than 27% in the last week.
Meanwhile, the latest data shows 17,582,121 Britons have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab and 615,148 have received their second.
The health secretary today announced that one in three adults in the UK have now received a Covid-19 vaccine.
Matt Hancock said officials and experts are confident the jabs work against both the Kent variant and the older strain in the UK.
However, he said they were not yet confident that they were ‘as effective’ against the South African Covid variant, or the mutation first seen in Brazil.
The latest data shows that around a dozen new cases of the South African variant had been found in the UK, bringing the nation’s total to around 300 cases, he said.
Last week the UK hit its target of vaccinating 15 million people ahead of mid-February, with the Government now aiming to offer a Covid-19 jab to all adults by the end of July.
This is around two months earlier than the original proposed date, as the PM set out a series of new vaccination targets following the success of the first phases of the rollout.
Boris Johnson will lay out his four-step ‘road map’ out of England’s lockdown tomorrow.
He will reveal his plan for a return to partial normality on Monday and is expected to scrap the regional tier system that was in place at the end of last year.
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