UK records 116,227 Covid cases over Easter bank holiday as confirmed infections plummet

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UK records 116,227 Covid cases over Easter bank holiday as confirmed infections plummet

The UK has recorded another 116,227 Covid-19 cases as weekly confirmed infections plummet.

The latest daily figure released on Tuesday covers a five-day period which includes the Easter bank holiday.

It compares with 91,201 cases announced last Monday, which covered just three days including the weekend.

The last seven days has seen 184,761 confirmed Covid cases - 31 per cent fewer than the previous seven-day period.

According to the latest update, another 482 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid result have been confirmed, bringing the UK’s official pandemic death toll to 171,878.

London currently has by the far the lowest rate of Covid infection of any region in England, with 222 cases per 100,000 population. The UK-wide rate is 327.

It comes as new NHS guidance said patients no longer need to be distanced from one another in GP and hospital waiting rooms.

NHS organisations in England have been instructed to “return to pre-pandemic physical distancing in all areas” but people will still be encouraged to wear face masks.

The new guidance covers “all areas” including emergency departments and other hospital settings, ambulances, patient transport services and GP surgeries.

But it states that patients and staff should continue to “practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, including the continued use of face masks by staff and face masks/coverings by visitors and patients where clinically tolerated”.

In a letter to local health leaders, NHS England bosses state that the service needs to “adapt” to operating with Covid-19 in “general circulation and with the virus likely to remain endemic for some time to come”.

It also sets out other changes in measures for hospitals, including: changes to cleaning protocols; reducing the isolation period among patients who have Covid and scrapping the isolation period for those exposed to the virus.

The new infection control guidance comes as the NHS has been working to tackle the backlog of care exacerbated by the pandemic.

The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a record 6.2 million.

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