Another 445 people die with Covid as cases jump by 10,406

Another 10,406 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Daily cases have been falling substantially this month, as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown on Monday.

Today’s data shows another 445 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, bringing the official death toll to 120,365.

However separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies, including fatalities where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with deaths in recent days, puts the number at around 139,000.

A total of 17,247,442 in the UK have now had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, while 604,885 have had their second dose, according to today’s figures.

Falling cases and more vaccinations are fuelling people’s calls for the Government to start lifting coronavirus restrictions.

Despite calls from some of his own MPs to lift lockdown rules completely by April, the Prime Minister is expected to take a more cautious phased approach when he sets out his plan on Monday.

No 10 sources said yesterday that people from two households will be able to meet up by the Easter weekend, starting from Good Friday on April 2.

The Government has previously said its aim is to get all pupils in England back to the classroom on March 8.

However, it’s not yet clear whether this will be all pupils or a staggered approach will be taken.

Outdoor sports are expected to be allowed again as pupils return to class, while non-essential shops could open soon after Easter.

Pubs and restaurants may also be able to serve people outdoors from April – although not indoors until May.

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