CORONAVIRUS deaths have plunged by 43 per cent in a week with 30 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

A further 2,672 Brits have tested positive for the virus since yesterday bringing the total amount of infections to 4,380,976.

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On April 8, the UK lost 53 people to coronavirus while a further 3,023 new cases of the virus were recorded.

The week before on April 1, the daily infection rate was at 4,470 and the daily death toll stood at 51.

Yesterday 38 fatalities were recorded a drop of 16 per cent from the week before.

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Public Health England (PHE) states that in the last week, 77 per cent of local authorities have seen a fall in infection rates.

Mansfield in Nottinghamshire continues to have the highest rate in England, with 108 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 10, the equivalent of 98.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 97.0 per 100,000 in the seven days to April 3.

Residents in the area have been urged to remain cautious after pubs, gyms and non-essential shops were once again able to reopen on Monday.

Meanwhile, an expert has warned that local lockdowns could be vital to tackle outbreaks of South African variant

The highly transmissible variant, shown to weaken vaccine efficacy, currently makes up a small proportion of cases in the UK.

But keeping it contained is imperative to avoid “derailing the vaccination programme”.

Testing will also be rolled out in the N3 postcode of Barnet from today due to a separate case unrelated to the south London cluster.

The South African variant has not taken off in the UK but is playing a role in the third wave in Europe, experts say.

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