UK records 30,004 new Covid cases, down 22% week-on-week, with 610 new daily deaths taking total to 97,939
- UK recorded another 30,004 positive Covid cases and 610 deaths on Sunday
- Cases are down almost one quarter on last week, hinting at lockdown progress
- But country is set to hit the grim milestone of 100,000 since start of pandemic
- Also another record tally of first vaccinations, now totalling 6.3million jabs
The UK has recorded another 30,004 Covid cases, down almost a quarter on last Sunday, and a further 610 deaths today.
The figures show a continued decrease in infections across the country, a promising sign that the government’s lockdown which started over two weeks ago is having an effect.
It means 3,647,463 infections have now been recorded since the pandemic began.
However, with some 97,939 deaths now recorded Britain is set to hit the grim milestone of 100,000 lives lost since the start of the pandemic. It will be the fifth country to do so after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
The seven-day death total was recorded as 8,678, which is up 11 per cent on the previous seven days.
The latest reporting period also included another record day for vaccinations, with a further 491,970 people have their first dose.
Along with Saturday’s data this means 6,353,321 have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – a rise of almost half a million on yesterday’s figure.
It comes after the UK reported 1,348 coronavirus deaths and an additional 33,552 infections on Saturday.
The R number, which estimates the growth rate of the pandemic, currently sits at between 0.8 and 1 – suggesting the virus may be on the decline as lockdown begins to take effect.