UK Covid deaths fall by 46% in two weeks as 121 fatalities recorded in lowest Saturday rise since October

UK Covid deaths have fallen by 46% in two weeks after the lowest Saturday rise since October.

121 Brits have died in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily figure in six months, bringing the UK death toll to 125,464.

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It means coronavirus deaths have plummeted by nearly half in just 14 days, with 226 deaths reported on this day two weeks ago.

And it is the lowest daily rise in deaths since October 12 2020 when 131 were reported.

Latest data shows 5,534 new coronavirus cases have been recorded – down nine per cent in a week with 6,040 cases reported last Saturday, March 6.

Meanwhile a total of 20,807,385 Covid-19 jabs have taken place in England between December 8 and March 11, according to provisional NHS England data.

Of this number, 19,798,473 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 211,393 on the previous day, while 1,008,912 were a second dose, an increase of 69,680.

It comes as Britain could reportedly vaccinate all adults by early June – beating the EU by two months. 

The government is set to smash its target of immunising the entire adult population by the end of July, as the bloc struggles with a third wave of infections and a sluggish jab rollout. 

The achievement is forecast to be worth tens of billions of pounds, according to an analysis for The Times. 

Research company Airfinity estimates that the EU will reach the same milestone by the end of August, dealing another blow to the bloc’s economic recovery. 

And the UK continues to look forward to getting out of lockdown after months of restrictions.

The rules began to be relaxed this week, with kids heading back to school on Monday and Brits allowed to have a coffee on a park bench with one other person.

And this week official figures showed that Britain's official coronavirus R rate has dropped this week to its lowest level yet.

The R rate – which represents the number of people an infected person will pass Covid onto – is between 0.6 and 0.8 across the UK, Sage said yesterday.

Last week government scientists estimate that the R rate was between 0.7 and 0.9.

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