Coronavirus death count rises by only 170 – the lowest since March 24 when lockdown began as total number killed by virus in UK reaches 34,636

Britain has announced a further 170 deaths from coronavirus today on the first Sunday since draconian lockdown measures were eased, taking the UK’s total death toll to 34,636. The latest daily figure is the lowest since March 24, however numbers released on Sunday are usually smaller due to a delay in processing over the weekend. Speaking in today’s daily Downing Street briefing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma also confirmed that there have been 3,142 more Covid-19 cases.  The drop in death toll marks a 36.8 per cent decrease on last Sunday’s 269 figure.  The numbers follow a tumultuous week for the Government in which approval ratings took a sharp dip after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his strategy for lifting lockdown measures. In this evening’s briefing, which was delayed by 30 minutes, Mr Sharma has said the clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine at the University of Oxford is progressing well. He said: ‘In order to definitively conquer this disease we need to find a safe, workable vaccine. ‘Last month I announced a new vaccine task force to co-ordinate the efforts of Government, academia and industry in the critical mission to find a vaccine. ‘I’m very proud of how quickly our scientists and… Read full this story

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