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UK Covid restrictions to continue until daily cases drop below 1,000

Cases have slumped since the start of January and are now the lowest since October, boosting hopes of an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

But the PM’s roadmap will insist on reviews that could postpone the reopening of shops, pubs and restaurants until numbers drop into the hundreds, The Telegraph reports.

Data reviews on infection levels could be examined every three weeks and determine how quickly restrictions are eased, it’s claimed.

Cases are due to fall below 1,000 by the start of April if they continue at their current downward rate.

Cases have slumped since the start of January and are now the lowest since October, boosting hopes of an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

But the PM’s roadmap will insist on reviews that could postpone the reopening of shops, pubs and restaurants until numbers drop into the hundreds, The Telegraph reports.

Data reviews on infection levels could be examined every three weeks and determine how quickly restrictions are eased, it’s claimed.

Cases are due to fall below 1,000 by the start of April if they continue at their current downward rate.

The UK recorded 10,625 Covid cases and 799 deaths in the last 24 hours, it was announced on Tuesday.

Both fell significantly compared to last Tuesday’s toll of 12,364 cases and 1,052 deaths.

Tuesday’s case numbers compare to more than 60,000 a day in the first week of January.

The seven-day average for cases is currently at its lowest since early October amid hopes the UK’s successful vaccination rollout is having an impact on infections.

So far, more than 15.5 million Brits have received at least one Covid jab after more than 260,000 were injected on Monday.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed signs the vaccine is starting to work, with antibodies showing in more than 40 per cent of over-80s.

A Public Health England report on the effect of the vaccine programme is due to be published in March, after the PM’s roadmap is unveiled.

Around 26,000 patients are currently in hospital with coronavirus, the lowest level since the New Year.

The number of patients being admitted each day has fallen below 2,000 for the first time since December and the number of patients on ventilation beds is also falling

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