Matt Hancock has announced that the UK has seen the lowest number of coronavirus cases since March 25. The Health Secretary pointed to the latest chart, which showed that there were 1,570 cases confirmed as of the last day of May. He used this to justify the Government’s easing of the nationwide lockdown restrictions.
Mr Hancock told the daily briefing: “This number of 1,570 shows that we’ve seen continued downward progress in the number of new confirmed cases.
“We’re getting this virus under control and this is why we can make the cautious, small positive steps that we’ve been able to make today.
“If we look at the number of admissions with COVID-19 to hospital at 479.
“That’s down from a peak of 3,121 on April 2.”
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He continued: “There are 606 people on mechanical ventilators.
“Again that is the lowest since late March.
“The picture is repeated across the country where we’ve seen in almost every case, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 is the lowest since late March.
“And, as of yesterday, there were 7,541 people in hospital with COVID-19.”
When it comes to the number of deaths in the UK, over 39,000 people have now died from the virus.
On the last day of May, that daily figure stood at 111, which is again the lowest figure since lockdown began on March 23.
The Health Secretary told the briefing that the country is making “significant progress”.
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He warned however there is still “more to be done”.
Mr Hancock thanked the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that “stepped up to the plate”.
He also praised the charities and charity groups who are working so hard in “very difficult times”.
He also thanked colleagues in the NHS and social care.
In total, there have been 276,332 confirmed cases in the country.