THE UK coronavirus death toll has today passed 41,000 after 245 more people died – but new cases are at their lowest since lockdown.
At least 41,128 people have now died from Covid-19 in Britain – but the lockdown continues to be relaxed as new infections fall.
Another 1,003 people have tested positive for the deadly bug – taking the total number who have been infected to 290,143.
The number of people dying of the disease each day continues to fall steadily.
Today’s 245 new deaths is a slight drop from the 286 announced yesterday – and more than 100 fewer than the 359 a week ago.
Infections are also decreasing. The 1,003 new cases is the lowest rise since the day of lockdown, when 967 people were diagnosed with the virus.
NHS England today confirmed another 88 patients aged between 43 and 102 had fallen victim to the bug. Three of them, including a 53-year-old, had no known underlying health condition.
Scotland reported another 12 fatalities, taking its toll to 2,434, while Wales today recorded another nine deaths, bringing the total there to 1,419.
And in heartening news, Northern Ireland recorded zero deaths from the bug for the fourth day in a row.
However, the true UK death toll is likely to be much higher.