By Rachael Grealish
The UK daily death toll from Coronavirus has dropped lower than the rates of pre-lockdown, the latest figures reveal.
As of 9am today, Monday June 8, it’s been recorded a total number of 55 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19, in all UK settings.
This information also included no new deaths announced in both Scotland and Northern Ireland for the second consecutive day.
55 is the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since before the UK went into lockdown on March 23 – on that day the number of deaths jumped to 74.
The number of new cases is also the lowest, today, since before lockdown started with 1,205.
However this number of deaths brings the total death toll to 40,597 in the UK.
The UK is only the second country – after the US – to pass the dreadful milestone of 40,000 deaths.
This news comes after statistics showed the R number median was above 1 in the North West and South West.
On June 5, the median R rate for the North West – which also counts data for Cumbria – was 1.01 and the highest of all the regional median figures.
The R number is the rate in which the infection reproduces – if the number is higher than one, then the number of cases increases exponentially, in theory.
Responding to the publication of regional R numbers by Public Health England and Cambridge University, Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: “The R number is very significant and something we have to pay close attention too.
“For the north west, the median R number is marginally above 1, showing the epidemic could potentially still be growing.
“This really underlines the importance of people maintaining social distancing and continuing to follow Government guidance as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
“We will be monitoring the R number very carefully and a tightening of lockdown restrictions could be possible if the R number increases.
“This is something we all want to avoid, so we cannot be complacent.”