DAILY coronavirus cases in the UK have plummeted by 58 per cent in the last month as deaths continue to fall.
A further 41,648 people tested positive for the virus today, that’s down on the daily infection total seen on January 14, which was 99,652.
Deaths have also fallen in the last month and a further 35 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded today.
That’s down from Sunday’s total of 45 and down from the 270 deaths seen on January 14.
Today’s data update comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce an end to all restrictions from as early as next week.
In a bonfire of domestic lockdown curbs, Brits will no longer be legally required to isolate for five days if they catch coronavirus.
This will free millions of kids to stay in school rather than be sent home repeatedly because of symptoms that are usually no more than a cold.
Councils will also be stripped of emergency powers that lets them close businesses they deem a risk.
On the same day these last domestic laws are scrapped, No 10 also wants to tear up the final Covid border controls.
The PM will bring forward his plan, Living With Covid, when Parliament returns back from half term holidays on February 21.
Provided scientists give him the go-ahead, he plans to scrap all remaining domestic laws and Covid border controls later that week on February 24.
Free lateral flow tests will continue for a while longer but they are expected to be stopped at the end of March, when current funding for them runs out.
As Brits continue to fight the bug, kids as young as five could soon be offered a jab.
But with the benefits of being immunised “finely balanced” in younger children, parents will not be pushed to get it.
Instead the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will give those aged five to 11 a “non-urgent offer”.
It effectively means they can choose whether to have the Covid shot or not.
Some families are keen to get younger children immunised to make international travel easier.
Until now, the vaccine has only been universally offered to those over 12.
Those below the age of 12 could get the jab, but only if they are clinically vulnerable or live with someone who is immunocompromised.
Millions of people across the UK have had their vaccines and their booster doses.
Vaccines have helped move Brits out of lockdown and into a more open society.
While Omicron is a milder illness, it’s still important that you get your vaccinations as this will help protect you and those most vulnerable around you from severe illness.
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