Another 436 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, with 96 deaths recorded in the wider Midlands region.
The latest number brings the total confirmed deaths in hospitals across England to 78,588.
One of the deaths was a person just 21 years old while the oldest was 100 years old, according to NHS England.
All but 10 had known underlying health conditions. The date of death is from January 4th to February 12th and families have been informed.
58 other deaths were reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.
The number was a significant decrease from the UK’s 828 rise last Saturday, and it was confirmed that the R-rate had fallen below 1 nationwide for the first time since last July.
The reproduction number or R-value of coronavirus transmission in the UK is between 0.7 and 0.9 according to the latest government data.
Last week it was between 0.7 and 1 amid the ongoing lockdown.
Boris Johnson said he was “optimistic” that he would be able to announce the easing of restrictions when he presents his “roadmap” for the lockdown in England on February 22nd.
During a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies facility in Billingham, Teesside, where the new Novavax vaccine is made, the Prime Minister said, “I am optimistic I will not hide it from you.” I am optimistic but we have to be careful. “
He said his first priority remains to open schools in England on March 8, followed by other sectors.
“Our children’s education is our top priority, but then we work to open non-essential retail stores, and then of course we want to open hospitality in due course, if we can be careful and careful.” he said.
“I will try to explain as much as possible in as much detail as possible, always understanding that we have to beware of the clinical picture. We don’t want to be forced to retreat or turn ferrets around. “