THE UK coronavirus death toll has risen by 11 – in a joint lowest daily jump since lockdown.
The last time the daily death figure was this low was on July 13 and before that was on March 13 when one further death was recorded.
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The total number of deaths is now 45,312.
A total of 295,372 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across Britain – up 580 cases from yesterday.
Today's death toll refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.
The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the Department of Health is lower than it was yesterday, when 27 more deaths were logged.
Reporting figures from the weekend are typically lower than during the week, but today's figures are some of the lowest since lockdown began in March.
The last time the daily rise went below 11 was on March 13 when one coronavirus death was recorded.
In England, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 29,187 today – up six from yesterday.
NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 78 and 98 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
No new deaths were announced in Scotland, leaving the deadly toll there at 2,491.
Zero deaths were recorded in Wales today as their total death toll remains at 1,547.
While in Northern Ireland, zero deaths were recorded – keeping the total to 556.
Today's low rise in deaths comes as the first human trials if a vaccine have found to be safe and can trigger an immune reaction.
The jab could provide double protection after producing antibodies and white blood cells that can fight Covid-19, the Oxford University researchers said.
Scientists at Oxford first started testing their vaccine – called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – in April in about 1,000 people.
Their highly-anticipated findings published today show it can induce strong responses in both parts of the immune system.
As deaths continue to fall, cases in some areas are still rising at an alarming rate.
Blackburn has today overtaken Leicester to become Britain’s coronavirus hotspot after cases doubled in just one week.
The borough of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire now has a rate of 79.2 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to July 17.
Leicester has a rate of 77.7 per 100,000 people over the same period, according to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE).
Health officials in Blackburn introduced new measures last week to enforce social distancing after warning of a "rising tide" of infections, centred mainly on the town's large Asian community.
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