COVID-19: UK reports another 10 coronavirus deaths – and lowest cases since September

Another 10 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the UK for the second day running, while new cases are at their lowest since early September.

The latest data does not include Wales and Northern Ireland, however, with both having paused the release of new statistics for Easter Sunday.

England and Scotland, therefore, have reported a further 2,297 positive COVID-19 tests in the latest 24-hour period, while the number of people vaccinated is approaching 32 million.

Sunday’s deaths figure compares to 10 on Saturday and 19 a week ago, while cases compares to 3,423 and 3,862.

An extra 273,568 vaccination doses have been registered in total since yesterday.

The total number of first jabs has now reached 31,523,010, while second ones have risen to 5,381,745.

With daily deaths dropping dramatically, and cases plateauing as the vaccine rollout continues, Boris Johnson will announce new lockdown-easing moves tomorrow.

The PM is launching pilots of either "vaccine passports" or before-and-after testing at nine sports and entertainment venues from mid-April.

The chosen venues will include Wembley Stadium for vaccine passports, and four night-time entertainment settings in Liverpool for the before-and-after testing.

He is also preparing for foreign holidays to go ahead this summer, with a "traffic light" system of rules in which travel to "green light" destinations will not require quarantine.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that India – a key supplier for vaccines across the world – is restricting exports to other countries because it needs to keep the jabs as it fights to contain a surge in cases.

The number of people testing positive there has more than quadrupled in a month.

But the UK government remains confident of hitting its next key targets – offering a jab to all over-50s by 15 April, and every adult by the end of July.

The next date on the prime minister’s roadmap for easing lockdown is on Monday week, 12 April, when non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality can reopen, along with hairdressers.

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