THE United Kingdom recorded no new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday.
The last time Britain recorded no deaths was in March 2020, before the country had entered its first lockdown. The figure on Tuesday relates to how many deaths have been reported and it comes after a national holiday on Monday – a factor which has in the past skewed the data.
The milestone reached on Tuesday spurred hope that the impact of the pandemic was easing, but concerns simmered over a rise in cases linked to the Delta variant first identified in India.
The last time the UK recorded no coronavirus deaths was in March 2020, before the country entered its first lockdown.
However, Tuesday’s figure may yet be revised because the number of deaths reported on any given day has typically occurred earlier, with the total toll by date determined later.
“The whole country will be so glad there were no COVID-related deaths recorded yesterday,” Health Minister Matt Hancock said in a statement, adding that the vaccines were clearly working.
“But despite this undoubtedly good news, we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet, and with cases continuing to rise please remember hands, face, space and let in fresh air when indoors, and of course, make sure when you can, you get both jabs.”
Britain’s overall death toll from the pandemic stands at 127,782 and is the fifth highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The British government data showed 3,165 new cases of the virus, broadly flat on the previous day.