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UK records 23 COVID deaths

Written by on 29 March 2021

The UK has recorded 23 coronavirus deaths and 4,654 cases in the latest 24-hour period.

On Sunday, 3,862 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths were recorded.

First vaccine doses administered across the UK have reached 30,444,829, with 3,674,266 people having also had a second dose.

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No COVID-19 deaths were registered in London on Sunday – for the first time since February, according to PHE data.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where COVID-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 150,000 deaths involving COVID in the UK.

The data comes after another easing of England’s lockdown restrictions today with people now allowed to meet in groups of up to six or as two households outdoors, with outdoor team sports also able to resume.

Swimmers in the water at Hillingdon Lido in Uxbridge, west London, on the first day of a major easing of England's coronavirus lockdown to allow far greater freedom outdoors. Picture date: Monday March 29, 2021.    Image: Outdoor team sports have also resumed today

At a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson said it has been a “big day for many of us” with the first chance to see friends and family outdoors since the lockdown was imposed.

“It’s only because of months of sacrifice and effort that we can take this small step towards freedom today and we must proceed with caution,” he said.

“It’s great to see that yesterday we recorded the lowest number of new infections for six months, deaths and hospital admissions across the UK are continuing to fall.

“That wave is still rising across the channel and it’s inevitable, as we advance on this road map, that there will be more infections and unavoidably more hospitalisations, and sadly more deaths.”

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The next step in the lockdown-easing roadmap is 12 April, which is earmarked for non-essential shops and hairdressers to reopen, as well as outdoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurants.

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