THE UK has seen 50 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours – the highest figure in three months.
Deaths have remained below fifty since April 9, when 60 were reported.
A total of 112,982 people in the UK have now lost their lives to the killer bug since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile a further 32,883 more people have tested positive in the last 24 hours.
As of today 80,975,508 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in the United Kingdom.
In the last 24 hours 179,656 more doses have been given out.
In total 45,978,017 people have received their first dose, while 34,997,491 have gotten their second dose.
It comes as a WHO expert has warned that ending lockdown now is "potentially devastating" as Covid "advances ferociously".
David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation's special envoy on Covid, said "the virus is troubling and dangerous".
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the world is watching the UK as plans go ahead to lift restrictions on Monday.
Dr Nabarro said: "I've been watching this pandemic working on this pandemic, fully involved in it now since the end of January last year, and i'll just say three things.
"Firstly this virus is troubling and dangerous, secondly the pandemic is advancing ferociously around the world and thirdly I don't think that we have anywhere near got through the worst of it.
"I think that the British experience is extremely important.
"Countries around the world look to the UK for expertise and at the same time high quality decision making when it comes to public health.
"There is a lot of interest in the way that the UK is going to go through the next part in regards to the pandemic."
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