Covid cases drop 20.4% in a week to 60,578 and deaths fall to 259

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Covid cases drop 20.4% in a week to 60,578 and deaths fall to 259 as more than 37 MILLION Britons receive booster shots

  • Government dashboard data shows 60,578 positive tests have been recorded in the past 24 hours
  • It is the fourth day in a row that confirmed infections have fallen, after the downward trend briefly leveled off
  • The number of people who have died from the virus also fell by 12.5% ​​to 259 today, from 296 last week

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Britain’s Omicron Covid wave continued to decline today, with official statistics showing cases and deaths both falling for the third day in a row.

Government dashboard data shows 60,578 positive tests have been recorded in the past 24 hours, down 20.4% from last Saturday’s figure of 76,069.

It is the fourth day in a row that confirmed infections have fallen, after the downward trend briefly leveled off earlier in the week.

The number of people who have died from the virus also fell by 12.5% ​​to 259 today, from 296 recorded last week.

Meanwhile, a further 35,469 people received their booster shots yesterday, bringing the total number of fully protected adults in the UK to 37.5 million.

The figures come after Wales announced it was planting three forests in memory of people who fell victim to the virus in the country.

The first two forests will be planted on part of the National Trust Cymru’s Erddig Estate in Wrexham and on a site at Brownhill in the Tywi Vale in Carmarthenshire.

A memorial forest is also set to be grown in South East Wales, but the location has yet to be decided.

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the plans in March 2021 and planting is expected to start this year. He said he wanted forests to be a symbol of the country’s resilience and ability to renew itself.

While it is hoped that they will become memorial areas for friends and families to visit and remember loved ones lost.

Mr Drakeford said: “It has been almost two years since the coronavirus pandemic hit Wales. Too many people have been caught too soon by this terrible virus. We will remember them all and keep them in our hearts and minds.

“These forests will be a permanent and living memorial to all who have died. They will also be a symbol of the strength the Welsh people have shown over the past two years.

A range of tree species will be planted to make forests resilient to the changing environment, the Welsh government has said.

The sites are to become part of the National Forest of Wales in the future.

Clare Pillman, Managing Director of Natural Resources Wales, said: “Our ambition for this memorial forest is for it to become a living and growing area for the whole community, as well as a quiet space for contemplation as we continue to navigate in this most difficult of times.

“As part of this journey, we want to engage with local communities and our partners to plan and design the forest, shaping with them safe and accessible spaces, where people of all ages can come to remember and reflect for the years to come.”

Justin Albert, director of the National Trust Cymru, said: “The forest will be for remembrance and reflection, but also to provide a future green space for everyone to continue forever this beneficial and much needed connection with the natural world.”

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