UK Covid cases drop 43% in a month as 2,166 more people test positive but deaths rise slightly after another 29 die

UK CORONAVIRUS cases have plunged by 42 per cent in a month with 2,166 new infections in the last 24 hours.

However Covid deaths have risen slightly with 29 recorded in the last 24 hours.

This day last month 3,862 cases were recorded along with 19 deaths.

Meanwhile this day last week 2,396 cases were reported along with 22 fatalities.

The UK has now seen a total of 4,411,797 people test positive while 127,480 Brits have sadly died.

Of today's 29 deaths, 27 occurred in England.

Meanwhile yesterday’s stats showed coronavirus deaths had fallen 70 per cent in a month with 17 deaths and 2,685 infections recorded in 24 hours.

As of today a total of 47,540,984 Brit have recieved a Covid-19 jab, a surge of 495,593 in the last 24 hours.

Of this number, 33,959,908 were the first dose of a vaccine, while 13,581,076 were a second dose.

It comes as Grant Shapps today confirmed the UK’s vaccine passport scheme will use the NHS app, as he pledged to unveil the green list of holiday destinations within the next two weeks.

The transport Aecretary said Covid certificates for tourism and large domestic events, such as gigs and football matches, will be built into the health-service smartphone application.

And in a boost to millions he also announced the UK is on course to drop its ban on international travel on May 17, declaring "The data does continue to look good."

His remarks came after Spain's tourism minister told The Sun that the country will be ready to welcome back Brits in June.

Mr Shapps said the UK will have to be "very cautious" as it reopens the borders because the pandemic is raging worse than ever in many other parts of the world.

But he said he wants to make sure people can get a break this summer, and also that Brits are able to be reunited with family members who live overseas.

A quarter of UK adults are now fully vaccinated – after a record number of second doses were dished out in a week.

It reflects the speedy pace at which the administering of second doses has been ramped up across the country during the past month.

People aged 80 and over were among the first groups on the priority list for vaccines, with initial doses offered from early December.

The age has been lowered for the second time this week, meaning more people in their 40s are able to book their vaccine appointment.

The NHS coronavirus vaccine booking system has opened up to healthy people in England aged 42 and over.

Those set to turn 42 before July 1 can also now arrange their jab.

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