The graph has flipped. The number of people dying with flu and pneumonia on their death certificate in England and Wales is now 10 times higher than those with Covid, figures show.
The latest weekly data on deaths from the Office for National Statistics reveal there were 84 fatalities mentioning Covid in the week ending June 11. There were 1,163 involving flu and pneumonia. See the graph below.
Registered Covid deaths now make up just 0.8 per cent of all deaths – down from 1.3 per cent in the previous week. Crunching the numbers, Science Editor Sarah Knapton reports that the latest Covid deaths tally is one of the lowest since the pandemic began.
It comes as separate figures show antibody rates are more than 50 per cent higher than epidemiologists predicted they would be by now when they published models that informed the roadmap out of lockdown.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed ministers are "working on" plans for quarantine-free overseas trips.
But, as officials look at how to scrap the requirement for people to isolate for 10 days on their return from an amber list country, Greg Dickinson argues holidaymakers have no reason to trust the Government will deliver after being stung so many times.
If you are considering visiting an amber list country, read what you should know before you quarantine at home.
Pensions tax raid: How to protect your nest egg
Millions of savers will be hit with a 55pc tax charge if the Chancellor pushes ahead with plans to severely limit the amount workers can save in their pension tax free. The "lifetime allowance" could be cut by a quarter to as low as £800,000 in an extreme pension tax raid that is being mooted by top Treasury officials. Jessica Beard explains how to protect your nest egg. No 11 is reportedly locked in a battle with No 10 Downing Street over how to pay for the Government’s response to the pandemic. Jeremy Warner says a fiscal storm looms that the Treasury seems powerless to prevent. For more exclusive analysis, I can recommend signing up to our Economic Intelligence newsletter.
Euro 2020 team news: Grealish set to start for England
Jack Grealish is set to be handed his chance to ignite England’s European Championship campaign by starting against Czech Republic at Wembley tonight. The Aston Villa captain is expected to take the place of Mason Mount, who has been forced into isolation along with Chelsea team-mate Ben Chilwell after close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour before he tested positive for Covid. Read more team news ahead of 8pm kick-off. As clouds start to gather, Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown says England manager Gareth Southgate must show he can ride out the storm. Scotland will qualify for the knockout stage if they beat Croatia.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Israel faces surge | Virus circulates even among vaccinated
- Wuhan lab | Inquiry drops UK scientist at centre of origin debate
- Scotland | Nicola Sturgeon pauses easing of lockdown again
- European finances | Borrowing battle looms in Germany
- End of the long lunch | WFH and virtual conferences take toll
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Europe red tape | Businesses are paying EU tariffs on European goods sent to Northern Ireland from Britain because of the Brexit treaty that created a border in the Irish Sea. Europe Editor James Crisp reports that companies are having to pay more money to send the items even though they were made to Brussels’ rules and regulations.
- ‘Rot in prison’ | Heckles at pilot who confessed to murdering wife
- Manhunt | Police officer held down and has throat cut in street
- Great Barrier Reef | Australia-China row over endangered list
- Social media | Londoner causes Nigeria to shut down Twitter
- Duchess of Cambridge | Children offered taste of her own honey
Around the world: Billion-dose vaccination drive
China has given out more than a billion anti-Covid shots to its population, a feat that once looked a long way off as the government struggled against widespread public resistance. Louise Watt in Taipei has our report from inside the Communist nation’s vaccination drive – which has led to around a sixth of the world’s population being jabbed.
Tuesday interview: Samantha Cameron – ‘Why David loved employing women’
Samantha Cameron, the wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron, talks to Claire Cohen for the latest episode of her Imposters podcast. She speaks about her time in Downing Street – and how her husband "loves employing women because they work harder – they are perfectionists". Listen to the podcast.
Samantha Cameron features in the latest edition of Imposters
Comment and analysis
- Sherelle Jacobs | Levelling up could level down Tory heartlands
- Telegraph View | The Tories need to reassure on planning
- Benji Wilson | Without us, EU’s TV will be a total embarrassment
- Anne-Elisabeth Moutet | France’s democracy itself is now in crisis
- Abigail Howe | Oxford’s censorship body a danger to free expression
Business and money briefing
TV | The Channel 4 boss has warned ministers against inflicting "irreversible" damage on the broadcaster by forcing it to merge with ITV or Sky. Alex Mahon raised doubts about if its investment outside London, focus on younger audiences and contribution to the UK production sector would remain a priority under new owners seeking a return.
- Bumble dating app | Staff given a week off for ‘burnout’
- Fantasy Fund Manager | It is back, bigger and better
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
British and Irish Lions v Japan | In announcing his first Lions selection, Warren Gatland has pledged that every player in his squad will have the opportunity to start a game before the first Test against South Africa next month. The players selected to face Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday know there is no guarantee there will be a repeat in this tour. Charlie Morgan outlines five tactics to look for from Gatland’s side.
- Wimbledon | Trio of Brits seeded for main singles draw
- Golf | Baby and bomb-disposal expert who tamed Rahm
- Olympics | Nursing mothers forced to mark hard choice
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Philly DA: Breaking the Law, BBC Four, 10pm
- First look | ‘Ian McKellen’s Hamlet is remarkably compelling’
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
‘You can tell which teenagers are vulnerable by their profiles’ | From cult-like fandoms to Facebook "like" dependency, the internet can be a fabulous – and brutal – place to grow up. Jack Rear explores the reality of navigating adolescence in the digital age.
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