Britain records just 8,489 Covid cases in lowest rise since October 2

Britain records just 8,489 Covid cases in lowest daily rise since October 2 with infections falling 20% in a week – while deaths continue to tumble with another 548 victims

  • Department of Health figures show cases have fallen 20% on last week, when 10,625 positives were recorded
  • It follows a blip in the daily cases yesterday, which saw the first week-on-week increase in six weeks 
  • Official data also reveals deaths have fallen by 30% — 799 fatalities were added to the official toll last week

Britain today recorded just 8,489 Covid cases in the lowest daily rise since October 2, while deaths are continuing to tumble with another 548 victims.

Department of Health data shows infections have fallen by 20 per cent on last Tuesday, when 10,625 positive tests were recorded. It follows a blip yesterday, which saw the first week-on-week increase in cases in six weeks. 

Government statistics also reveal deaths have fallen by 30 per cent. Almost 800 laboratory-confirmed fatalities were added to the official toll this time last week. 

The promising figures will be pounced upon by anti-lockdown Tory MPs, who have called for Boris Johnson to ease lockdown quicker. 

The Prime Minister yesterday unveiled No10’s ultra-cautious blueprint back to normality, which could see all virus-controlling restrictions eased by June 21, if things go well. Schools will return on March 8, but there will be almost no further loosening of the draconian curbs before Easter. 

But Britain’s Covid vaccine roll-out — crucial to Britain’s hopes of lockdown being eased in the next few months —has slowed down over the past month. Just 210,000 doses were dished out yesterday, with the rate having fallen by a quarter week-on-week. 

It means around 335,000 Britons are getting inoculated for the first time each week, piling pressure on No10 to urgently ramp up the drive so that ministers aren’t forced into slowing down the easing of restrictions. 

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