Daily Covid deaths in the UK have stayed in single figures for two days in a row for the first time since September.
Four more deaths were recorded on Tuesday, all people having died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
It comes after one death was recorded on Bank Holiday Monday, with the latest data bringing the UK total number of deaths to 127,543.
The last time the UK recorded single-digit deaths for two consecutive days was on September 14 last year.
Meanwhile, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Government also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 1,946 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.
It brings the total to 4,423,796.
The data comes as the UK’s mass vaccination project continues at speed, with nearly 35 million first doses of a Covid vaccine having been given, as well as 15.6 million second doses administered.
All over-40s are now being offered the jab and the Moderna vaccine has been added to the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs already in use.
Speaking earlier this week Boris Johnson told reporters on a visit to Hartlepool: “As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs.
“You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology.”
England is also moving steadily closer to entering its next phase of the country’s roadmap out of lockdown.
From May 17 its is expected that a raft of restrictions will be eased with Brits allowed to enjoy more freedoms that have been prohibited since January.
Among the eased restrictions pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to welcome customers back indoors, while cinemas and attractions including museums can re-open.
Some foreign travel is also expected to open up with further details on this expected in the coming days.