NEW UK coronavirus infections have fallen by more than a quarter in a week, data suggests.
The drop offers “some much-needed light at the end of the tunnel”, experts said.
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But it comes as Covid-19 deaths hit a new peak, with 938 recorded in 24 hours.
The record rise takes the total number of lives lost in the outbreak so far in Britain to 7,097.
Professor Rowland Kao, from the University of Edinburgh, said: “Many of the deaths occurring now are due to cases of infection that occurred before the lockdowns were in place.”
Official data shows 60,733 people out of the 232,708 checked so far have tested positive.
Professor Angela McLean, deputy chief scientific adviser, said: “The spread of the virus is not accelerating and that is good news.”
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Latest data from King’s College London suggests new cases are dropping — with the number of people in the UK picking up the bug down by 26 per cent compared with the previous week.
Experts predict numbers of those needing hospital care could follow suit in a fortnight, with deaths decreasing in late April.
The data comes from the Covid Symptom Tracker app, used by two million people.
The latest figures estimate 1.4million people in the UK aged 20 to 69 have symptomatic Covid-19, down from 1.9million a week earlier.
And separate data from NHS Digital also revealed a drop in the number of calls to NHS 111 to report the coronavirus symptoms since March 22.
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