In the daily briefing Matt Hancock announced that the number of deaths with Coronavirus listed as a cause was 55, the lowest figure since the start of the lockdown. The total death toll now stands at 40,597. Hancock warned that numbers do tend to be lower over the weekend but assured the public that the low figure does suggest that the pandemic is under control.
The number of excess deaths recorded by the ONS since the start of the pandemic are 64,000. This figure includes deaths directly attributed to Coronavirus, deaths probably caused by Coronavirus, even if not listed as such, and deaths caused by the wider consequences of the crisis.