BRITAIN has today recorded its lowest daily death toll in over seven months - with four fatalities.
Cases have fallen by 17 per cent in a week with another 2,963 infections reported.
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Today’s rise in fatalities is way lower than the 13 reported last Monday, and also below the 26 recorded a fortnight ago.
It marks the lowest death toll in the UK since September 1 last year, when three fatalities were reported.
Cases are also down 17 per cent on the 3,568 reported last Monday - and slightly higher than the 2,757 infections recorded on April 5.
It comes as:
No new deaths were reported in Scotland or Northern Ireland, while two fatalities were reported in Wales.
Meanwhile, the UK today passed the milestone of 10 million second vaccine doses - with almost one in five adults now fully protected.
Latest ONS data shows the UK has a population of 66,796,807 with 54,096,807 being aged over 16.
This means almost a fifth of British adults have now received their second jab in a huge boost a week after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Boris Johnson described the landmark as "fantastic", adding: "This is another remarkable milestone in our vaccination programme, which has already saved thousands of lives.
"I want to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers involved in the rollout, and urge all those who are called to keep coming forward."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted this afternoon: "Over 10 million second vaccine doses have been administered across the UK.
"This milestone shows how far we've come in our fight against this virus & I want to pay tribute to the whole team involved."
Meanwhile, health officials warned that cases of South African and Kent Covid variants have been seen in already vaccinated patients.
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Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser for Test and Trace, confirmed people had caught the mutated bugs despite being jabbed - but said the vaccines would still be effective.
She told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "We have seen some people who have had their first dose of the vaccine who have had the South African variant and the variant that arose in Kent.
"That’s to be expected, we know that these vaccines aren’t 100 per cent protecting you against infection and that’s why we ask people to take caution."