The UK has announced no deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since July last summer.
Official figures showed Britain on Tuesday recorded no new deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test and 3,165 new cases of the virus. It is the first time this has happened since 30 July 2020, and it means the official UK total number of deaths remains at 127,782.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The government also said that as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,165 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.
The announcement came as Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has paused plans to ease Covid restrictions in much of the country – as she insisted Scotland was still at a “delicate and fragile point” in the battle with the virus.
In an announcement she described as a “mixed bag”, she confirmed that restrictions in Glasgow, which had been the strictest in Scotland, will be relaxed, with the city moving to level 2 from Saturday.