Four more Covid-19 deaths recorded in UK as fatalities fall by 37% in a week

Michael Howie
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<p>Nurses from the nearby St Thomas' hospital sit atop the National Covid Memorial Wall in London</p> (AP)

Nurses from the nearby St Thomas' hospital sit atop the National Covid Memorial Wall in London

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A further four people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, the Government has announced, bringing the UK’s official death total to 127,543.

It means 92 deaths from the disease have been reported in the past week, down 37 per cent on the previous seven-day period. 

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Health officials also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 1,946 lab-confirmed cases in the UK. It brings the total to 4,423,796.

It comes as Covid-19 cases in London have tumbled by more than 98 per cent since the second wave peak, official figures reveal today.

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They also show that the number of coronavirus patients in the capital’s hospitals has fallen to a seven-month low.

Just over one person is dying on average a day in the city, within 28 days of testing positive for Covid, according to the latest data.

Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London and whose work was key to the first lockdown, said the data on deaths and cases was “very encouraging”.

The UK is on track to returning to life “a lot more normal by the summer,” he added.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The data is very encouraging and very much in line with what we expected.

“Whilst we’re seeing cases actually plateau at the moment - and they may start edging up - mortality, deaths and hospitalisations are still going down, and we expect them to continue to go down, maybe tick up a little bit next month but only within manageable levels, and so that puts us in a very good position to be keeping to the Government road map - relaxing some restrictions in a couple of weeks’ time and then many more in June.”

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