The UK has reported another 81,713 Covid cases, the lowest daily figure since 15 December.
It comes as infections are showing signs of “plateauing_”and hospital admissions slowing down in parts of the country, according to experts.
Saturday’s daily total of new confirmed infections is down 18 per cent from Friday – when cases fell below 100,000 for the first time since 21 December with 81,713 new cases reported.
It is the lowest figure since exactly a month ago, when 78,610 new cases were reported, ahead of three-week run of daily cases hitting over 100,000.
Cases have fallen by 32.8 per cent week-on-week, the data indicates, with falls recorded nearly every day since 4 January.
A further 287 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test were recorded on Saturday, well below the all-time high of 1,820 recorded in January 2021.
Earlier, Dr Susan Hopkins, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chief medical advisor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is still a high rate of infection around the country, about one in 15 in England, and about one in 20 in other parts of the UK.