Just 700 coronavirus patients a day are being treated in hospitals in England, NHS England figures show. This is down from more than 17,000 a day in April.
A total of 17,172 people were in hospital in England with coronavirus on April 12.
On August 6 this had dropped to only 691, The Sunday Times reported.
It comes as Boris Johnson is battling to reopen schools in September.
The Prime Minister is under pressure to shut pubs, restaurants and shops ahead of schools in the event of coronavirus flare-ups.
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Indonesia has reported 1,893 further coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infections to 125,396.
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11.15am update: 53% would be certain or very likely to get coronavirus vaccine
Just over half the UK population would be certain or very likely to have a vaccine against coronavirus if one becomes available, research suggests.
The research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori, based on 2,237 interviews with UK residents aged 16-75, found that 53 percent would be certain or very likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, while one in five (20 percent) would be fairly likely to have it.
Some 16 percent said they are unlikely to or definitely will not have a vaccine against coronavirus.
Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, said: “Misperceptions about vaccines are among our most directly damaging beliefs, and they’re clearly influencing people’s intentions during the coronavirus crisis.
“While one in six in the UK say they are unlikely to, or definitely won’t, get a potential vaccine against Covid-19, this rises to around a third or more among certain groups, with a clear link to belief in conspiracy theories and mistrust of government, authority and science.
“Vaccines are one of our greatest achievements, and there is a great deal of faith that we’ll eventually develop one for Covid-19 – but more still need to be convinced of how important it could be for ending this crisis.”
11am update: Hong Kong confirms 72 further cases
Hong Kong has reported 72 new coronavirus cases of which 63 were locally transmitted.
A total of more than 4,000 infections have been confirmed in Hong Kong.
10.20am update: Victoria reports deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic
The Australian state of Victoria has reported its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic with 17 deaths.
Victoria, which is at the centre of a second wave of the virus in Australia, reported 394 further cases.
9.40am update: Germany records 555 new coronavirus cases
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany has increased by 555 to 215,891.
The death toll has risen by one to 9,196.
9am update: Russia reports 5,189 new coronavirus cases
Russia has confirmed a further 5,189 coronavirus cases taking the total to 887,536.
The country’s death toll has jumped by 77 to 14,931.
8.25am update: New Zealand marks 100 days without domestic coronavirus case
New Zealand has marked 100 days without community transmission of coronavirus – but the country’s health chief warned against complacency.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said: “Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent.
“We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand.”
Source Daily Express :: UK Feed