COVID deaths are the lowest they have been since before the first lockdown thanks to the vaccination blitz.
There have been only 40 deaths reported in the past seven days, according to the Government dashboard.
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The seven-day average is six deaths – the lowest since the second week of March 2020, before the first lockdown was imposed.
Government data reports deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
The Office for National Statistics, which keeps fatality records by death certificates, revealed more positive data today.
The agency said 108 people in England and Wales died of Covid in the week to May 7 – the latest date for analysis of deaths by occurence.
This is down 99 per cent from the peak of 8,984 deaths in the week to January 22.
Among people aged 80 and over, deaths fell from 5,376 to 55 during this period – again, a drop of 99 per cent.
Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told The Sun last week the drop in fatalities is largely thanks to the vaccination programme.
He said: “You can blame the drop in deaths on the vaccine. That is the primary thing that stopped those death rates and that’s really satisfying.
“Deaths are now much lower compared to hospitalisations. They are about 10 per cent, whereas in January they were over a quarter. So that’s the impact of the vaccine”.
But Prof Hunter warned despite the positive figures, it is too soon to say whether the super-contagious Indian variant will delay the end of lockdown.
Experts warn there are “early signs” Covid infections are back on the rise.
ONS stats on Friday showed one in 1,110 people in England have the bug – up from one in 1,340 the previous week.
But Sarah Crofts, head of analytical outputs for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said: “Although we have seen an early indication of a potential increase in England, rates remain low and it is too soon to say if this is the start of a trend.”
The main worry is that a slight rise in cases will translate to more hospitalisations, at which point pressure builds on the NHS.
This is already the case in Indian variant hotspots where admissions have tripled in three weeks.
The chief operating officer of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Andy Ennis said there were 41 Covid inpatients, including eight critical at the trust.
And Monday was one of the A&E's busiest ever days as people came in worried about symptoms.
Amid the rapid spread of the Indian variant, which is now dominant in the UK, bosses are dashing to get more Covid jabs in the nation’s arms.
More than 37.5million people have had at least one dose – 71 per cent of all adults.
Although a huge acheivement, new data shows just one dose of a vaccine gives only 33 per cent protection against the Indian variant.
But two doses are much better at slashing the risk of symptomatic disease.
Around 40 per cent of people in the UK have had two shots, with those middle-aged still waiting.
People aged 50 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward, from 12 weeks to eight, in order to get full protection quicker.
As the NHS races to get second doses out, it is also inviting all those in their early 30s to get their first dose.
The immunisation blitz is expected to extend to younger people by the end of this week.
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