COVID-19 deaths have decreased in all age groups for the first week since the pandemic began.
Official figures show that people under the age of 40 are now more at risk of dying in a car accident than of coronavirus, while those under 25 are more likely to die from the flu.
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Today, more than 171 Covid deaths have been recorded, in the UK total for 42,927.
Of the daily tribute, 46 were in hospitals in England – Tuesday’s lowest country hike since lockdown.
Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge said: “The impact of age on the risk of catching him and the death of Covid-19 is extraordinary.
“Young people have proven to be extremely resistant to the virus.
“The risk of death is decreasing as we learn more about the virus and how to treat it.
“The risks to come will be much lower, due to the reduced risk of contracting the virus from the peak of the epidemic.
“Without locking, these risks would have been higher.”
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Professor Carl Heneghan of the University of Oxford said it was “more than disappointing” to see 100 outbreaks in nursing homes last week.
But the daily death toll in nursing homes and hospitals continues to fall.
Dr. Jennifer Dixon, of the Health Charity Foundation, said: “Covid-19 is now shrinking in hospitals, a key question is whether enough has been done to reassure people of their safety during the access to care, balanced against the risks of not getting care. ”
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