THE UK has seen just one new coronavirus death reported in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile a further 3,383 more people have tested positive for the killer bug.
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As a whole the UK has seen a total of 4,487,339 cases and 127,782 deaths over the course of the pandemic
This day last week the UK saw 2,439 positive cases and three deaths.
It's hoped the low death toll means the UK's jabs rollout has severed the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths – despite the super-infectious new variant taking hold.
Ministers are reportedly preparing to row back on 'freedom day' next month, with face masks and the work from home order set to stay in place for weeks to come.
Brits will be told of the decision on June 14, Vaccines Minister Nsdhim Zahawi confirmed.
Meanwhile, NHS chiefs have warned that hospitals are under "worrying" pressure.
It comes as:
- Cases of the Indian variant diagnosed in Bolton have fallen more than 10 per cent in four days after health chiefs deployed surge testing
- Brit spies are ‘recruiting Chinese whistleblowers on the darkweb’ for intel on fears Covid leaked from a Wuhan lab
- Fully-vaccinated people who catch Covid may STILL be able pass on variants, it's feared
- Half of adults in the UK will have been vaccinated with both jabs by the end of the week
- NHS staff ‘to be legally required to have the jab’ under Government plans to crack down on transmission in hospitals
There's uncertainty over the transmissibility of the Indian variant – and it's believed hospitalisations are starting to rise again, although they remain well below the peak in January.
Between May 19 and 25, 870 people went into hospital with coronavirus, an increase of 23.2 per cent compared with the previous seven days.
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