Covid cases have fallen to their lowest level for five weeks - with just 21,952 infections recorded across Britain on Monday.

It is hoped that the nation may be past the peak of a third wave as infection numbers continue to drop.

The figure for the last 24 hours is the lowest since June 29, when 20,479 cases were registered.

It is also a reduction of 12 per cent from last week's total, of 24,590.

Government data also revealed that 184,550 people tested positive for the virus in the last seven days.

This is a fall of 27 per cent from the previous week.

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But, less encouragingly, the daily number of Covid tests carried out dropped to its lowest level since early July on Monday.

Some experts are said to believe fewer people are coming forward to get swabbed to avoid having to self-isolate.

Stats show that 670,913 tests were taken in the last 24 hours.

The total has not been this low since July 3, when 659,338 tests were taken.

The latest Covid stats come as ministers abandoned plans for an "amber watchlist" - while Boris Johnson promised to keep travel rules as simple as possible.

The Government had been considering the new category for nations at risk of being moved into the red group under the traffic light system.

But following a backlash by Tory MPs, ministerial concerns and complaints from the travel industry, sources confirmed there would be "no amber watchlist".

New rules allowing fully-vaccinated passengers from the US and amber-list European countries to avoid self-isolation on arrival in the UK came into force at 4am on Monday.

The amber watchlist would have applied to countries at risk of being moved into the red category - which requires hotel quarantine for 10 days at a cost of £1,750 for an adult.

Reports suggested there was a fallout among Cabinet ministers over proposals to introduce the amber watchlist, designed to warn travellers of the possibility that countries with concerning coronavirus data - which could potentially include Italy and Spain - could be put onto the red list at short notice.

Asked if he personally backed such a move earlier today, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "I understand how much people plan, prepare, for the summer holidays.

"But we have also got to remember this is still a dangerous virus and we must try and stop variants coming in, must stop importing variants from abroad, so we have to have a balanced approach.

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"What I want to see is something that is as simple and as user-friendly for people as possible."

The Prime Minister said the success of the vaccination campaign meant the British economy was "just about the most open in Europe" but there was a balance to be struck on travel because of the risk of importing new coronavirus variants.

"We also have to recognise that people want, badly, to go on their summer holidays, we need to get the travel industry moving again, we need to get our city centres open again and so we want an approach that is as simple as we can possibly make it."

Ministers are due to meet on Thursday to review the traffic light system and decide the travel rules that will be in place for most of August.

The relaxation of rules on Monday allowed passengers who have been double-jabbed with a vaccine approved by regulators in the US, the EU or Switzerland to avoid 10 days in self-isolation.

They will be required to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before the second day after they arrive in England.