UK records just one new Covid death in latest daily figures

3 May 2021, 20:08

Britain has recorded just one more coronavirus death in the past 24 hours
Britain has recorded just one more coronavirus death in the past 24 hours. Picture: PA

By Joe Cook

The UK has recorded just one new death within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19, according to the latest government figures.

The last time only one death was recorded from Covid-19 was 30 June 2020, raising fresh hope that the third wave is almost over in the UK.

However, figures are often lower over weekends and bank holidays. On Saturday, 14 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded.

A further 1,649 cases were also reported in the latest daily numbers.

The current death toll now stands at 127,539, while there have been more than 4.42 million infections since the pandemic began.

The lower death and case numbers come as the UK surpassed 50 million vaccinations, in a moment hailed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock as a "massive achievement".

Read more: 'Good chance' one-metre plus social distancing can be scrapped next month, PM says

Read more: EU considers relaxing travel bans in summer but UK remains a 'question mark'

"It is because of the vaccination programme that we're able to keep going down this road map, and I know we're going to have a great British summer," he said in a video message posted on Twitter.

"It seems like only yesterday that Margaret Keenan was getting the first clinically authorised vaccine in the world and now we've delivered 50 million," he added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the impact of the number of vaccinations was "really starting to show up in the epidemiology".

Covid crisis: Shelagh Fogarty caller 'desperate' to visit mum abroad

"I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like 17 May is going to be good," he said, referencing England's next date for a planned relaxation of rules.

The roadmap depends on four tests: the rollout of the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness, infection rates and variants of concern.

Mr Johnson added that there is now a "good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from 21 June".

"That is still dependent on the data, we can't say it categorically yet, we have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress, we have got to look at where we get to with the disease. But that's what it feels like to me right now."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

England fans have packed out pubs and bars across the country ahead of a clash with Slovenia in Euro 2024.

England fans pack out pubs and bars ahead of Euros clash with Slovenia

Breaking
Four men have been arrested at the Prime Minister's North Yorkshire home on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Four men arrested at Rishi Sunak’s North Yorkshire home on suspicion of aggravated trespass

Sir Ed Davey says Putin apologists 'need to be exposed' as he takes aim at former coalition government

Ed Davey says Putin apologists 'need to be exposed' as he takes aim at former coalition government

Ed Davey has said that it 'genuinely' hasn't crossed his mind that he might be the future leader of the opposition.

Ed Davey tells LBC he doesn’t see himself as future leader of opposition as he says focus is on ‘beating Tory MPs’

Labour candidate Kevin Craig is running to become an MP in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Labour candidate suspended for betting against himself says he did it for 'fun' as he issues apology

The teenager's account was 'accessed and active', a friend of Jay reportedly said.

Jay Slater’s Instagram account ‘mysteriously active’ amid ongoing search for missing teenager in Tenerife

Labour candidate Kevin Craig is running to become an MP in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Labour candidate suspended for 'betting against himself' as Gambling Commission launches probe

Celine Dion's diagnosis was featured as part of Amazon Prime series I Am Celine Dion. Images Courtesy of Amazon MGM Studios © Amazon Content Services LLC

Céline Dion shares harrowing footage of ten minute 'crisis' seizure following Stiff Person's Syndrome diagnosis

David Larkin was found while police searched for Jay Slater.

Pictured: British hiker, 51, who was 'rescued' during search for missing Jay Slater as he insists he 'didn't need help'

Exclusive
A busy hospital with staff busy at work in an accident and emergency ward in a British hospital

'Cut-price doctor' physician associates and anaesthesia associates acting illegally in one in eight NHS trusts

Sir Keir Starmer has made it his ‘moral mission’ to reduce knife crime

Keir Starmer pledges to ban zombie knives within six months of Labour government

Gavin Plumb is accused of plotting to murder Holly Willoughby

Security guard accused of Holly Willoughby murder plot said he would 'make TV star let him do what he pleased'

Craig Williams said he 'committed an error of judgement, not an offence'. He was dumped by Rishi Sunak along with Laura Saunders (inset)

Candidate at centre of the General Election betting scandal breaks silence after being dropped by Tories

Hungary's Barnabas Varga pictured for the first time after suffering horror head injury against Scotland

Hungary's Barnabas Varga pictured for the first time after suffering horror head injury against Scotland

Govia Thameslink Railway has put the bins in almost 500 men's toilets

Train firm puts sanitary bins in men’s lavatories to combat 'taboo' of incontinence

Princess Anne's husband Sir Tim Laurence has visited her in hospital after she was kicked in the head

Princess Anne's husband gives health update after she was kicked in the head by a horse and given concussion