All lights turn green as Covid cases drop

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An average of 55,500 cases were recorded each day in the UK in the week to Friday – down from a peak of 183,000 on January 2. Yesterday 41,648 cases were confirmed, up slightly from Sunday but down 28 percent compared to the previous Monday. The Government’s Covid data dashboard remains green, showing cases, deaths and hospital admissions all tumbling. There were 35 deaths recorded yesterday, down from 45 a week earlier.

But figures are often lower around the weekend due to delays in reporting.

The seven-day average for deaths has also fallen for six consecutive days, to 178 on Friday.

Boris Johnson yesterday said the country was “on the right lines” in tackling the latest wave of Omicron infections.

During a visit to Rosyth in Scotland, the Prime Minister was asked about the evidence behind plans to end legal requirements for those who test positive to self-isolate.

He said: “I think the situation with Covid is that numbers remain high.

“But it’s clear that Omicron is much less dangerous than Delta, you can see the numbers going down in hospitals, numbers in ICU have been nothing like what we saw with Delta. So I think we’re on the right lines.

“And overall, the UK has really been working very, very effectively together.”

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