- The cases were 16.2 per cent below the same time last week when as many as 20,089 were recorded
- And they were half the levels on Tuesday two weeks ago when 33,355 infections were announced in the UK
- As many as 9.6million Britons have now received their first dose of a Covid vaccine in the mass rolloutBritain today posted another 16,840 coronavirus cases in the lowest daily rise for eight weeks, according to official figures that offers more proof lockdown restrictions are thwarting the second wave.
Department of Health data shows new Covid infections have halved in a fortnight and dropped 16.2 per cent week-on-week.
Health chiefs also revealed a further 1,449 deaths, marking a drop of 11.2 per cent from last Tuesday's toll of 1,631 fatalities due to the disease. Deaths have been falling across Britain since January 23.
And Government statistics also revealed 10million vaccine doses have now been dished out across the UK, with 9.6million Britons having received their first dose. Ministers are racing to meet their target of inoculating 15million of the most vulnerable by mid-February.
It comes as the Health Secretary today revealed mass testing is being rushed to Bristol in a last-ditch attempt to stop a 'super mutant' Covid strain spreading further. All 11 cases of the Kent variant with — which carries an extra mutation that may make it able to evade vaccines — were found in the city.
The samples have a mutation called E484K, which has sparked panic because it appears to boost the virus's ability to avoid the immune system, raising the risk of reinfections or vaccines being less effective.
And in another blow to vaccine hopes today, a Cambridge University study said delaying the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine could leave some elderly patients at risk of catching the South African variant because a single shot might not be strong enough to stimulate the immune response needed to kill the virus.