UK records just 7 Covid deaths and 1,907 new cases

Tammy Hughes
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The UK recorded just seven Covid deaths and 1,907 new cases on Saturday, official figures show.

On Friday there were 15 fatalities and 2,381 new infections, while on Saturday last week there were 32 deaths and 2,061 cases.

Almost 15 million people are now fully vaccinated, while 34 million have had at least one dose.

Office for National Statistics data has suggested the total number of infections is lower than at any point since early September and infections have been falling constantly for five weeks.

The ONS said that an estimated 1 in 1,010 people in England had COVID-19 in the week ending April 24, compared to 1 in 610 a week earlier.

Low case numbers and high vaccination rates mean the roadmap out of lockdown is unlikely to be hindered.

The next stage of reopening will occur on May 17, with some international travel and indoor dining set to resume.

The Department for Transport has released a statement after it missed a deadline to reveal which countries would be on the upcoming “green” travel list.

“The Government has not missed a deadline - we have always said we will confirm by early May if international travel can resume on 17 May and which countries will fall into which list,” the statement said.

“This will determine the requirements for travel for passengers.

“The taskforce is working toward restarting international travel in a safe and sustainable way, to allow families and friends to reunite, and businesses to start thriving again, while ensuring we protect public health.”

A traffic light system of overseas travel will be introduced next month, with countries being listed green, amber or red based on case numbers and vaccination rates.

The Transport Select Committee had said the government should publish a list of countries by 1 May at the latest.

From Tuesday, care home residents leaving their accommodation for a walk or to visit a loved one’s garden will no longer have to isolate for two weeks on their return.

But those leaving for medical appointments and for overnight visits will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) removed the requirement to self-isolate for outdoor, “low risk” visits after being threatened with legal action by the charity John’s Campaign.

Campaigners said the rule encourages care homes to act unlawfully by “falsely imprisoning” residents, with family members calling it “barbaric”.

Under the changes, residents on visits out must be accompanied by either a member of staff or one of their two nominated visitors, and follow social distancing throughout.

They cannot meet in groups or go indoors – except for the use of toilets – and public transport should be avoided where possible.

It is understood a resident would be able to eat outside at a restaurant or cafe with their care worker or nominated visitor if they agree this with the care home in advance.

Residents will also be able to vote in person in the upcoming local elections without having to self-isolate for 14 days afterwards.

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