65 CORONAVIRUS-RELATED DEATHS AND 4,712 CASES ARE UK'S LOWEST FOR FIVE MONTHS

The reopening of schools will have an impact on infection rates that could affect the roadmap for lifting restrictions, Boris Johnson has warned, as England’s deputy chief medical adviser said infections were still at a rate where a fourth wave could take off.

The UK has recorded 65 new Covid deaths and 4,712 further cases - the lowest numbers on these measures for about five months. 

The government has updated its coronavirus dashboard. Recorded deaths are always low on a Monday, because fewer deaths get recorded at the weekend for administrative reasons, but today’s figure of 65 deaths is the lowest total for almost five months. According to the dashboard, the daily recorded total has not been this low since 12 October, when 50 deaths were recorded. Week by week, deaths are down 34.4%.

And 4,712 new cases have been recorded. That is the lowest daily total for new cases by date recorded since 28 September, when 4,044 cases were recorded.