New UK COVID-19 cases fall to lowest since late September

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LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United Kingdom fell on Monday to its lowest total since late September, government data showed.

The daily data showed 4,712 people tested positive for COVID-19, down from 5,177 on Sunday and marking the smallest total since Sept. 28.

The figures also showed 65 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the smallest total since Oct. 12.

The government said 22,377,255 people had been given a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of Sunday, up from 22,213,112 in the previous day’s data.

People enjoy spring-like weather at a park in London, Britain, 23 February 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions with a raft of new freedoms coming into place June 21. Sports fans will be allowed back into stadiums, nightclubs and pubs will reopen and weddings will be back on. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that the latest COVID-19 data had been positive but that people should still be cautious about the potential for a new spike in cases.

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“I agree that there are some encouraging signs,” Johnson said at a news conference from his Downing Street office.

“But the whole points is, remember where we were last summer. We had the disease down to levels much below where it is today and then we saw what happened with the spike,” Johnson said at a news conference. 

(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by William James)

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