Covid news UK LIVE: Vaccines doing the trick as Covid infections fall for FIFTH DAY running with less than 30,000 cases

COVID cases have dropped for the fifth day in a row, according to government statistics with 29,173 new infections.

Vaccines have reduced waves of Covid deaths to mere ripples – despite a spike in the number of cases reported, according to the data.

Hospital patients are, on average, younger, less poorly and able to leave the wards faster than in previous waves, analysis shows.

Some 46,563,452 have had their first vaccinations and 37,160,659 have had their second.

Yesterday, Covid cases fell for a fourth day with 31,795 new infections in 24 hours.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has apologised for a tweet which suggested the nation needs to not “cower” from coronavirus.

He said this morning: “I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise.”

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