Britain's Covid deaths have fallen by more than a quarter in a week today despite cases continuing to rise for the eighth day.
The number of people falling victim to the virus fell, with 122 deaths recorded today — down 25.6 per cent on last week.
And hospitalisations are also continuing to fall with 777 admissions recorded on Tuesday, the latest date data is available for.
It was the the eleventh day in a row admissions fell, with the total 14.5 per cent lower than the previous week.
Department of Health bosses posted 31,348 new infections today, up four per cent on last Saturday's total of 30,144.
The figure come after separate data suggested Covid infections plummeted last week despite fears that the new school term would fuel an autumn surge sooner.
One in 90 people in England had the virus, with around 620,100 infected in total, testing by the Office for National Statistics revealed.
This is down 18 per cent from a fortnight earlier, when one in 70 tested positive and estimated total infections stood at 754,000.
The weekly ONS survey, based on random swab testing of 150,000 people, is seen by the Government as the most reliable measure of the epidemic.
It comes as:Scientists said a British study assessing whether Covid vaccines can disrupt periods may not find anything because it is too small; It was revealed hospitals are having to ration chemotherapy to cancer patients with the best chance of survival; No10's top scientists said the R rate dipped below one for the first time since mid-August and could now be as low as 0.8; Hospital admissions for Covid have fallen to the lowest level for two months as bleak warnings from the Government's top scientists have once again failed to materialise; A damning report revealed thousands of cancer patients will die over the next decade because of the devastating treatment backlog caused by the pandemic.
The Government said a further 122 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid as of today, bringing the UK total to 136,105.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 160,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was