UK Covid deaths plunge by 40 per cent in a week with 18 fatalities and 2,729 cases recorded in last 24 hours

COVID deaths have almost halved in a week in a 40 per cent drop – with 18 fatalities reported today.

There have been 2,729 new cases logged in the UK in the last 24 hours, with the total now at 4,395,703.

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Last week there were 30 new deaths and 2,672 more cases reported.

Yesterday 22 deaths were reported, with 2,396 more cases added to the infection total since the pandemic began.

In Wales, there has been one more death and a further 63 cases of coronavirus.

It comes as Covid-19 has dropped to the third biggest killer in England for the first time in six months, new data has revealed.

The fall in rates comes as millions of Brits have now received first and second doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

It comes as:

  • Dr Hilary tells GMB Covid jabs success is ‘beyond our wildest dreams’
  • Nearly £4billion worth of Covid PPE contracts appear to be corrupt, bombshell report reveals
  • Mourning families forced to endure funeral agony as ‘another 80,000 cremations and burials will fall under Covid curbs’
  • Surge Covid testing deployed in Birmingham to try and stop spread of South African variant
  • ‘World’s most mutated’ Covid strain with 34 mutations is found as fears grow super-variant may prolong pandemic

So far more than 33million Brits have had a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Moderna jabs – with more than 10.7million having had a second.

NHS England data shows a total of 4,603,256 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and April 21, including 3,450,109 first doses and 1,153,147 second doses.

This compares with 5,400,742 first doses and 1,684,312 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 7,085,054.

It was also revealed today that a single dose of a Covid jab slashes hospitalisation risk in elderly Brits by as much as 98 per cent.

Data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app released today also shows that cases are falling.

On average there are currently 1,165 new symptomatic cases of Covid-19 each day in the UK, compared to 1,601 a week ago.

Study lead, professor Tim Spector said: "Rates are down 28 per cent again this week and hopefully we’ll drop below the milestone of 1,000 cases in the next few days towards our record low last year in August.

"The ONS survey is also now showing downward trends."

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