UK COVID deaths today rose by 231 – down by nearly 80 per cent on the rise recorded this time last month.
Another 5,766 infections were also recorded, down 65 per cent on last month's jump in a sign the spread is slowing.
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Today's rise in deaths is 78 per cent smaller than it was on February 9, when the UK's Covid death toll grew by 1,052.
It is also lower than it was last Tuesday, when 343 deaths and 6,391 positive cases were recorded.
The Tuesday before that, 548 deaths and 8,489 new infections were reported in Britain.
And yesterday, the UK recorded 65 Covid fatalities – the smallest rise since October in a further sign the spread is slowing.
Cases are also down, with 65 per cent fewer new infections recorded today than on February 9 (12,364).
The latest figures mean a total of 4,228,998 have tested positive for the bug in Britain since the start of the pandemic, while 124,797 have died.
It comes as…
- Chris Whitty warns easing lockdown will trigger third Covid wave that ‘finds those not vaccinated’
- Even border controls ‘Won't stop spread of new Covid variants completely’, warns Vallance
- NHS to start sending texts inviting people for Covid jabs to speed up vaccine rollout
- Covid deaths in over-80s plummet 80% since January peak amid vaccine rollout
In England, 164 fatlities were confirmed today, bringing the total number of Covid deaths in English hospitals to 84,631.
The patients, who died between December 20 and March 8, were aged between 11 and 100 years old – and all but eight had underlying health conditions.
In Wales three more deaths were reported today, while in Scotland there were 19.
Two more fatalities were recorded in Northern Ireland.
It comes as England's Chief Medical Officer warned of a "further surge" in coronavirus cases in the future.
Professor Chris Whitty said today that Covid will "find the people who have not been vaccinated", or those for whom the jab does not work.
He made the comments while speaking to MPs in the Science and Technology Committee, saying the public should be aware there will be "further deaths" on top of the 125,000 so far and the crisis is not "over".
Prof Whitty said: "What we are going to see is as things are opening up, what all the modelling suggests is that at some point we will get a surge in virus.
"Whether that happens, we hope it doesn't happen soon, but it might for example later in the summer if we open up gradually, or if there is a seasonal effect, it might happen over the next autumn and winter.
"But all the modelling suggests there will be a further surge and that will find the people who either have not been vaccinated, or the vaccine has not worked.
"Some of them will end up in hospital, and sadly some of them will die. And that's just the reality of where we are with the current vaccination."
The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance also told MPs it was inevitable coronavirus cases would increase as restrictions on social mixing were eased.
Sir Patrick was asked whether "data, not dates" – the strategy being used to move forward with each step of the lockdown – was just slogan.
The chief scientific advisor said: "For us, it's very important that you measure what you've done and we don't know the impact of, for example schools going back, is going to be.
"And so there's an estimate from the modelling group that it could have an effect on R, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent increase. We don't know within that range exactly what it would be.
"Nobody would say that we know exactly how this is going to roll out over the next few months.
"And the important thing is to measure, adapt and take decisions in the light of information as it emerges."
So far in the UK, more than 22.3 million people have been given their first dose of the vaccine.
More than 1million have had their second jab.
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