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Britain records just FIFTEEN Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since March 13

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  • Department of Health figures show 42,647 Britons have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus 
  • But the actual death count has already topped 50,000 when all suspected fatalities are taken into account
  • Official data also shows just 958 more cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed — the lowest since March 23 (967) 
  • Scotland has recorded zero deaths on six separate occasions this month, according to its own health board
  • And Northern Ireland has hit the milestone 11 times in June — including for three days in a row, figures show 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

 

Britain today announced just 15 more Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since 10 days before lockdown was introduced, as the outbreak that once terrorized the nation continues to fizzle out.

Department of Health figures show 42,647 Britons have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus — but the actual number has already topped 50,000 when all suspected fatalities are taken into account.

And official statistics show just 958 more cases of the disease were diagnosed — the lowest 24-hour jump since Boris Johnson imposed the draconian restrictions to halt the outbreak on March 23 (967).

The increase in deaths is the smallest one-day rise since March 13, when just one fatality was announced. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were also registered across all settings in Britain two days later on March 15.

Scotland has now recorded zero deaths on six occasions in June, including no victims for the last two days. While Northern Ireland has had no deaths on 11 separate days, with three in a row up to today. The East of England also recorded no victims to their count today.

Although the number of deaths is always lower on Sundays and Mondays because of weekend delays to records, experts are convinced the virus is fading in the UK.

One top scientist predicted last month that deaths were on track to hit zero by July, while a study published today suggested daily new confirmed cases could fall to nought within three weeks.

In other developments to the coronavirus crisis in Britain today:

  • The long wait for family reunions could be coming to an end as it was revealed that the Prime Minister is preparing to announce a dramatic easing of lockdown this week;
  • Tube passengers on the Jubilee Line were still flouting face mask rules a week after it became law to wear them on public transport;  
  • Three quarters of Britons want Boris Johnson and senior ministers to take a pay cut in solidarity with millions of workers hammered by the coronavirus lockdown;
  • The government could have effectively gone bust if the Bank of England had not bailed it out at the start of the coronavirus crisis, governor Andrew Bailey said;
  • House viewings may be stopped and the property market moved back into lockdown as buyers and sellers fail to take adequate safety precautions, an industry boss warned;
  • World Health Organization figures revealed 183,020 Covid-19 infections were recorded on June 21, marking the worst day of the pandemic since it began in December;
  • Disneyland Paris will begin a ‘gradual’ re-opening on July 15, the resort announced today with the theme park having been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Originally published by By SAM BLANCHARD SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER  and STEPHEN MATTHEWS HEALTH EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE

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