UK Covid deaths HALVE in a week with 13 fatalities and 3,568 cases in last 24 hours as shops and pubs reopen

CORONAVIRUS death in the UK have HALVED in the last week as the spread of the virus continues to slow.

A total of 3,568 cases and 13 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours as Brits headed out to pubs and shops open for the first time since January in the latest easing of restrictions.

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Covid figures tend to be lower on Sundays and Mondays due to a lag in recording cases and deaths over the weekend.

The 13 deaths is 50 per cent down on the 26 fatalities recorded on March 29.

Deaths fell into single figures for the first time since last September yesterday.

Cases have dropped by 23 per cent in a fortnight to 3,568 infections compared to 4,645 on March 29.

Since the latest national lockdown was introduced at the start of January, cases have plunged from almost 60,000 a day to an average of around 2,500 infections.

The number of patients in hospital with Covid across the UK has fallen to around 3,000 from a peak of almost 40,000 in January.

Deaths have plummeted from a peak seven-day average of 1,250 on Januaey 23 to around 30 today.

Meanwhile, the successful vaccine rollout has seen more than 32 million Brits get at least one jab and 7.5 million receiving a second dose.

It is hoped the vaccination programme will help cases and deaths continue to fall as lockdown restrictions are eased.

The latest milestone came today with hairdressers, non-essential shops and pubs among the businesses allowed to open for the first time in months.

On May 17, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people indoors and households will be able to mix inside once again.

It is hoped that all restrictions could be lifted on June 21, if infections and deaths continue to fall and the vaccination programme remains on course to offer all UK adults a jab by the end of July.

Huge queues were seen outside Primark stores across the country as Brits flocked to shops, pubs and gyms as restrictions were eased.

Brits enjoyed their newfound freedom after four months of lockdown by enjoying pints just after midnight as venues reopened.

Keen punters were seen waiting patiently in line for pubs to open at midnight.

Pent-up demand will see £1.5billion — that’s £2.7million a minute — spent in venues and reopening attractions between 9am and 6pm.

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