Over half of people in England now live in an area in which new cases of Covid have all but vanished, with some places not reporting a case in public data for more than a month. Infections have been so low in areas with a total population of 34.5 million that Public Health England has redacted their latest weekly case tallies in order to protect the privacy of those – if any – who test positive. These 4,307 areas could have had at most two new cases but potentially zero in the seven days to April 4 – and 1,091, home to 8.2 million people, have had their data suppressed every week since the end of February. News that Covid infections are fading in parts of England comes in the week that Boris Johnson confirmed that the lifting of lockdown would continue as planned with the outdoor reopening of pubs and restaurants, as well as non-essential shops, on Monday. Underpinning the Government's green light are four tests which, apart from the continued success of the UK's vaccine drive, include infections remaining low enough to avoid a surge in hospitalisations that could overwhelm the NHS after unlocking.