The UK has the lowest number of coronavirus deaths in seven weeks.
There have been 33 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, the lowest since August 16, which saw 26 deaths.
There has also been a decrease in the number of people testing positive for the virus, with 35,077 infections today compared to 37,960 last week.
It comes as a new delta variant in the UK has doubled in cases in weeks, amid fears that it may evade Covid vaccines.
Delta is now the dominant form of the virus, but this new mutation is potentially worrisome because of an additional element in its genetic makeup.
The additional mutation, called E484K, has been proven in the past to “immune escape,” meaning it can hide from the immune system.
Studies have shown that antibodies produced by the immune system in response to vaccines still work but are not as potent against this coronavirus mutation.
For example, jabs are known to be less effective against betaine, which contains E484K.
There have now been 33 cases of Delta+E484K in the UK as of 27 September, double the figure of 17 reported on 13 September.
Johnson & Johnson’s jab has now been linked to a new “rare” blood clotting condition.
European drug regulators said the potentially life-threatening condition is set to be included in a side effect warning.
Experts agree that vaccination far outweighs any small risk of any adverse side effect.
There have been incidents where people have faced a severe reaction to their COVID jab, but this has been a very small percentage of those who have been vaccinated. It is very rare to react badly to any vaccination, with any side effects usually minimal.