DAILY Covid deaths in the UK are at their lowest level since October, with 65 fatalities.
There were an additional 4,712 cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since September 25.
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Coronavirus deaths haven't been this low in the UK for five months.
Daily Covid deaths have now dropped below 100 for the first time since October 19.
Today's figures take the total Covid cases to 4,223,232, with 124,566 deaths.
This time last week, deaths rose by 104, and cases increased by 5,455.
The total a week ago was 42 per cent lower than the 178 deaths recorded on February 22.
Yesterday, daily Covid deaths fell to 82, the first time the number dropped below 100 since October.
The daily death toll plunged 44 per cent of last Sunday's figure of 144 in the latest sign the Covid vaccine rollout is reducing fatalities.
Daily death tolls are lower than average on Sundays due to a lag in reporting fatalities over the weekend.
Today's stats come as pupils head back to school.
Pupils up and down the country attended lessons for the first time since December, with a huge mass testing operation under way and extra Covid precautions in place.
Boris Johnson has insisted the country is now "ready" for the return of schools with cases, hospitalisations, and deaths having all plunged in recent weeks.
He said now "the risk is actually in not going back to school given all the suffering, all the loss of learning we have seen" and that he's "very hopeful" that things will go “according to plan".
Secondary school pupils will be asked to take three tests at school over the next two weeks, and after that will be provided with two tests a week to carry out at home.
They will also be strongly encouraged to wear masks in the classroom until at least the Easter holidays.
Primary school kids won't have to don face coverings, but extra guidance has been introduced saying visitors and staff should use them in areas where social distancing between adults isn't possible, such as corridors.
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