The number of people dying from coronavirus in the UK fell to a 24-week low in the final week of August, official data reveals.
A total of 73 people died from Covid-19 in England and Wales in the week ending August 28, according to the Office for National Statistics. The dip marks a 24 per cent drop on the previous week's 96 deaths, the first time they fell to single figures since the pandemic began.
It is also a nose-dive from the 8,000-plus deaths a week registered at the peak of the pandemic.
But ONS data shows the total number of deaths in the UK has remained above the five-year average for the third week in a row, at 9.6 per cent over the expected level.
More than 790 additional people are dying in private homes and care homes, while deaths in hospitals remain below the average.
Experts argue this is because many patients are still too scared to seek medical treatment for conditions, while others don't want to 'burden' the health service.
Flu accounted for 14 times more deaths than coronavirus in the last week of August, at 1,040. It marks the twelfth week that deaths from influenza have remained above those from coronavirus.
The UK has now registered as many as 57,417 deaths from Covid-19, with 52,316 in England, 4,228 in Scotland and 873 in Northern Ireland.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned that the public has relaxed 'too much' over the summer as he predicts a 'bumpy ride' for the UK in the weeks ahead.
The country has recorded almost 3,000 new cases for two consecutive days, prompting Matt Hancock to describe the figures as 'concerning'.
Professor Van-Tam said on Monday that the rising case numbers are also of 'great concern', amid fears Britain's outbreak could get out of control.
Should the number of new infections rise too high the track and trace system will be overwhelmed, requiring new social distancing restrictions to be imposed.
Coronavirus tests can take up to a week to be processed, meaning the spike happened over the August bank holiday.
There were a total of 9,032 deaths in the week ending August 28, which is 791 deaths, or 9.6 per cent, above the