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Covid cases have tumbled by two-thirds in a month, encouraging figures show

COVID cases have tumbled by two-thirds in a month, figures show.

There were 31,933 UK positive tests were counted yesterday — a 66 per cent fall from the 94,326 on January 25.

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Covid cases have dropped 66 per cent over the past monthCredit: Alamy

Cases in England, where restrictions have been scrapped, are also down a third on last week.

Covid hospital admissions are also dropping. The average is now below 1,000 a day after peaking above 2,000 in January.

And the UK daily deaths average, which is calculated over a week, is 121.

That is the lowest since New Year’s Eve’s 110. On February 8 it was 257.

Prof Steven Riley, of the UK Health Security Agency, confirmed the falls, but warned: “The virus is still with us and remains a threat.”

The Office for National Statistics estimates there are around 290,000 new infections a day.

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The far lower official numbers suggests many people are not getting ill or are testing at home.

It comes as the UKHSA said the spin-off BA.2 variant has overtaken Omicron as England’s dominant strain.

Experts do not expect it to cause extra problems as it is very similar.

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