DAILY Covid deaths have risen by the highest toll since March with 131 fatalities reported – but cases fell for the seventh day in a row.
Though infections have fallen nearly 40 per cent in a week, today’s rise in fatalities marks the highest toll in over four months.
Today’s rise in infections of 23,511 is well below the 38,925 recorded last Tuesday, and a significant decrease on the 46,717 reported a fortnight ago.
Yesterday 24,950 new cases were recorded, down from 29,173 on Sunday, and 31,795 on Saturday.
The figures come eight days after ‘Freedom Day’ when England relaxed almost all Covid restrictions – with the data yet to show a surge prompted by the loosening of measures.
Today’s rise in cases means that a total of 5,745,526 people have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic.
Deaths increased by 131, bringing the total to 129,303. As deaths lag infections by roughly two weeks, the rise reflects the higher caseload a fortnight ago.
Today’s death toll is well over double last week’s figure of 53 and way above the 47 reported on July 13.
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