UK daily Covid deaths plunge by 85 per cent in a week with two fatalities and 1,770 cases in last 24 hours

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THE UK has recorded two deaths today – an 85 per cent drop on last Sunday’s 14 fatalities.

In the past 24 hours Britain has also logged 1,770 new Covid cases.

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It comes just over a week before indoor meet ups are allowed and pubs open up inside dining.

Scotland recorded 200 new cases of coronavirus but no deaths in the past 24 hours.

There have been a further 54 cases of coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 211,827. No new deaths were recorded.

Yesterday there was five new deaths, as fatalities and cases continue to fall.

It comes as family and friends will be allowed to hug from next week as lockdown is eased, Michael Gove confirmed today.

The Cabinet Office minister said “contact between friends and family” is something the Government wants to see “restored” ahead of Boris Johnson’s address to the nation tomorrow.

He confirmed that Boris Johnson would set out the rules tomorrow during a Downing Street press conference, where Brits will be told to use their “common sense”.

OUT OF LOCKDOWN

Mr Gove told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “All being well, the Prime Minister will confirm tomorrow that there will be a relaxation, we’ve already indicated a proportionate relaxation on international travel, very limited at this stage because we have to be safe.

“In the same way, as we move into stage three of our road map it will be the case that we will see people capable of meeting indoors.

“And without prejudice to a broader review of social distancing, it is also the case that friendly contact, intimate contact, between friends and family is something we want to see restored.”

At the moment anyone who doesn’t live together is advised to keep at least 1.5 metres away from others to stop the spread of the virus.

But Brits will be told they can decide on their own levels of risk “for their own circumstances” and take decisions into their own hands after months of advice from ministers about what to do.

And the keenly awaited list of countries we can visit without restrictions from May 17 was finally released on Friday . . . but it proved more of a damp squib than a big bang.


Just 12 countries were on the list and, as of today, only one of these will actually let tourists enter.

Iceland does welcome vaccinated British tourists – and it is hoped our Med favourites of Portugal and Gibraltar will open up to us from mid-May, either with proof of vaccine, a negative PCR test or proof of recovery from Covid.

Israel is planning a pilot scheme for fully vaccinated tourists on group tours from May 23 but will not be opening up fully until July.

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