(BBC) – The UK has announced zero daily Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the first time since March 2020.
The latest figures also reported another 3,165 new cases, compared with 3,383 on Monday and 2,493 one week ago.
It comes amid concern over a recent small rise in cases linked to the variant first identified in India.
Reports of daily deaths are often lower at weekends and at the start of the week.
This is because less counting takes place while statisticians are off – and adding in the bank holiday weekend will make this figure less certain still.
Any deaths that happen on Tuesday will be reported in days to come. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the whole country would be “so glad” to hear the news.
He added: “The vaccines are clearly working – protecting you, those around you and your loved ones.
“But despite this undoubtedly good news we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet, and with cases continuing to rise please remember hands, face, space and let in fresh air when indoors, and of course, make sure when you can you get both jabs.”
Meanwhile, Public Health England’s medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said the death figure was “encouraging”, but echoed the health secretary’s call for people to get a vaccine due to rising cases.