No 10 cautious over declaring Covid turning point despite fall in cases

Downing Street says latest figures are ‘encouraging’ but impact of 19 July unlocking not yet reflected

Downing Street and scientists remained cautious about declaring a turning point in the outbreak on Monday night despite a huge drop in Covid case numbers for the sixth day in a row.

No 10 said it was “encouraging” that infections had fallen to their lowest level in three weeks at 24,950 confirmed cases, with Boris Johnson taking the decision to allow more double-vaccinated key workers to avoid isolation with a daily testing programme.

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