Just five people are dying with Covid every day in London — nearly 40 times fewer than during the peak of the crisis in January, according to official figures.
And the capital now has the second lowest Covid death rate in England, amid dwindling death tolls across the country and a mammoth vaccine drive.
Britain’s biggest city recorded no fatalities from the virus yesterday, Department of Health figures revealed. No deaths were also posted on February 27 and December 11.
But experts argued few conclusions could be drawn from this because ‘you can’t tell from just one day’ whether deaths are rising or falling, and warned registrations are always lower over weekends because fewer people are available to process the paperwork needed to officially record a death.
Nonetheless, all the critical measures are pointing towards Covid having retreated to levels not seen since before the second wave spiralled out of control.
For instance, cases in the capital have plunged from almost 20,000 daily infections during the darkest spell of January to fewer than 500 now. Hospitalisations have also nosedived, with 740 infected patients occupying NHS beds currently — down from the more than 7,500 on wards in January.
Scientists hailed the fact fatalities had fallen to levels not seen since before the second wave took off but warned London and other major cities remained at risk of a third wave because of poor vaccine uptake in some boroughs.
Today marked England’s first step out of lockdown, with people allowed to enjoy a three-day spring heatwave to meet outdoors in groups of six for the first time since the start of the year.
Boris Johnson, who will address the nation at 5pm from Downing St’s new £2.6million White House room, warned the nation to continue to abide by social distancing rules so they ‘don’t risk the progress we’ve made’.
ondon’s daily Covid death toll is calculated by averaging the number of Covid deaths over the last seven days.
Experts say it is best to follow the average because registrations can vary by day, which may wrongly suggest the pandemic is rapidly shrinking or growing.
Department of Health figures also recorded deaths by the date they were registered, which is normally several days after the fatality occurred because of the lag in processing paperwork.
Professor Kevin McConway, a statistician at the Open University, told MailOnline it was ‘difficult to conclude anything solid’ from figures for just one day, particularly a Saturday.
‘The reported figures are always a lot lower than average on Sundays (and Mondays), because fewer people work at weekends,’ he said.
‘And there’s always a bit of a lag after someone dies before the death is reported.