The latest Covid death toll in the UK has risen to its lowest level in nearly five months.
New numbers tonight, Sunday March 7, show 82 more deaths have been reported.
This is the first time since October that the daily death toll has fallen below 100. the mirror online reports.
79 deaths were recorded on October 9 – almost exactly five months ago.
The new number represents a 42 percent decrease from last Sunday’s death toll of 144 and is another decrease from 158 deaths on Saturday.
The numbers were released tonight due to “processing issues”.
The number of new cases was registered at 5,177.
That compared to Saturday’s 6,040 and the recent surge brings the total since the pandemic started to 4,218,520.
New government statistics as of March 6 show that of the 23,335,514 shocks given in the UK to date, 22,213,112 were first doses – an increase from 416,834 the previous day.
A total of 1,122,402 were second doses, an increase from 31,562.
It comes after Boris Johnson said earlier today that children are at greater risk from staying home than when they return to school.
His comments were made the day before schools began to reopen in England.
The Prime Minister said he thought the schools were “ready” and people wanted to go back to the classrooms.
“Tomorrow, March 8th, is the big step on the roadmap that we hope is a roadmap for freedom,” said the Prime Minister during a visit to a vaccination center in north London.
“This is made possible by the introduction of the vaccination program.
“I am very hopeful that it will work, that everything will go according to plan and that all the children, all the students, will be back in schools tomorrow.
“I am very grateful to parents who put up with so much during the pandemic and teachers who did a great job moving on.
“I think we’re ready, I think people want it back, they feel it, they feel the need for it.”