Covid cases in the UK have dropped for a fifth day in a row, official figures revealed today.
Another 35,077 positive cases were recorded across Britain, down 7.6 per cent on last Monday.
The decline follows nearly two weeks of rising infections, fuelled by millions of pupils returning to classrooms last month.
Meanwhile, 33 deaths were recorded among people who tested positive for the virus in the last 28 days. It marks a week-on-week drop of 17.5 per cent.
The fatality figure lags several weeks behind infections because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
However, the Department of Health warned it did not receive all of the death data for England, which will have a ‘small impact’ on the number of fatalities reported today.
Some 48.9million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a Covid vaccine, while 44.9million are fully immunised.
But officials have yet to reveal how many boosters have been dished out to over-50s, healthcare staff and vulnerable people, as well as the number of 12 to 15-year-olds who have been given their first dose.
The rollout to these groups began last month and are a key part of the Government’s strategy to suppress a fourth wave this autumn and winter that could overwhelm the NHS.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, some 7.9million people have tested positive for the virus, while 136,986 have died within four weeks of testing positive.
England recorded 28,251 new infections, 1,760 cases were confirmed in Scotland, while 3,986 were spotted in Wales and 1,080 in Northern Ireland.
Cases are relatively flat in England and Northern Ireland, while they are falling in Scotland and Wales.
Infections are highest among 10 to 14-year-olds in England, with 1,520 testing positive per 100,000 on September 29, while 644 youngsters aged 15 to 19 per 100,000 – the second most-infectious cohort – had the virus.
Source: Daily Mail | Health News