The UK has reported zero daily coronavirus-related deaths for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Zero deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test were reported in the UK on Tuesday, compared to 3 on Monday.
A total of 43 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test have been reported in the last 7 days – down 10.4% on the previous 7 days. In total, 127,782 people have died so far in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, according to official figures.
Due to the Bank Holiday weekend, there maybe delays in the reporting of deaths, so the accuracy of the reported figure is not certain.
While no new deaths were reported, 3,165 cases of the virus were reported. The daily number of virus cases being reported has risen recently, with the number of cases reported in the last 7 days up by 31.9% compared to the previous 7 day period.
Meanwhile, coronavirus-related hospital admissions have increased by 23.2% in the last 7 days.
The latest data comes amid concerns over the Indian variant of COVID-19, which has been linked to rapid rises in cases in parts of the UK. The UK Government had indicated that it could end all coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June, however, some have issued calls for further lockdown easements to be delayed.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that 13 council areas will stay in alert level two of the country’s lockdown restrictions, rather than have their restrictions eased. Announcing the delay to the lockdown easements, Ms Sturgeon said that a “slight slowing down” of the easements was necessary while people continue to be vaccinated.
The UK’s coronavirus vaccination rollout has been continuing, with 74.9% of the UK adult population now having received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.