COVID-19, coronavirus

UK records lowest daily virus death toll since start of lockdown

UK records lowest daily virus death toll since start of lockdown

UK records lowest daily virus death toll since start of lockdown

COVID-19, coronavirus
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient, emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

Britain on Monday reported 111 more coronavirus deaths—the lowest daily toll since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 23.

Reporting is often lower after a weekend but Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a news conference it was a sign of “significant progress” in tackling the outbreak.

Hancock also said there had been 1,570 more positive cases, the lowest number since March 25.

The announcement came as lockdown measures were eased in England, with the youngest primary school pupils going back to school, with open air markets and car showrooms reopening.

Britain as a whole still has the second-highest cumulative toll in the global outbreak, with 39,045 deaths registered after a positive test for the virus.

The government maintains it is in a position to begin lifting its stay-at-home measures as transmission rates fall, but critics say this could lead to a second wave of infections.


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