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COVID-19: UK reports another two coronavirus deaths and 1,770 cases

Written by on 10 May 2021

A further two people have died with COVID-19 in the UK and there have been 1,770 more cases reported.

It is the lowest number of COVID deaths recorded in daily figures since 6 September last year, and the fewest cases since 3 September.

Today’s numbers compare with 14 deaths within 28 days of a positive test and 1,671 cases recorded last Sunday.

Total deaths since the start of the pandemic stand at 127,605.

The latest government daily figures also show another 169,027 people had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 438,837 had their second dose on Saturday.

It means 17,669,379 are now fully vaccinated, while 35,371,669 have had at least one shot.

The government has said it will offer all adults a jab by the end of July, and in England anyone over 40 is now eligible.

There were also 1,152 people in hospital with COVID, according to the latest available figures (6 May); 163 of them on ventilators.

Cases and deaths have plummeted since the mid-January peak but the rate of decline has slowed significantly over the last month or so.

The latest-seven day average for cases is 2094.1, and 9.6 for deaths.

It comes as people will soon be able to hug loved ones again and meet inside as the next stage of easing restrictions begins.

Michael Gove told Sky News that the prime minister would give the green light on Monday for the change to go ahead as planned on 17 May.

Rules on international travel are also set to change on the same day, with people allowed to travel again.

However, only a limited number of ‘green list’ countries under the new traffic light system will allow people to avoid quarantine when they return to the UK.