The UK has seen its highest daily death toll in 11 months with another 438 people dying with Covid in the latest 24 hour period.
It is the largest figure since February 24, 2021, when 442 deaths were reported among people who had tested positive within 28 days.
It brings the total for the last seven days to 1,904, a 14.7% increase on the week before.
The number of deaths however are still far below the peak in January last year, due to the protection provided by the vaccines.
Things could also be about to improve as cases have been falling rapidly for the past week and fatalities could soon follow the same trajectory.
Today, a further 94,432 new positive test results were reported, the highest since Friday.
But week-on-week, cases have fallen by nearly 40% and the number of people admitted to hospital daily is also now decreasing.
It comes as Boris Johnson prepares to reveal how he will lift the ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions brought in to stop the spread of Omicron last month.
The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will examine the latest Covid-19 data on Wednesday morning before he will make a statement in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.
The measures – which include guidance to work from home, the use of the Covid pass and mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport – are set to expire on January 26 anyway.
No decisions have yet been made about whether to extend the restrictions, although the PM may face another backlash from his MPs if he decides to do so.
Reports have said some of the most economically damaging rules could be lifted – such as the guidance to work from home – while mask wearing could remain for now.
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