UK Covid LIVE: Coronavirus cases, deaths continue to fall as Government pleads with Brits to ‘keep going’ with lockdown

April Roach and Barney Davis
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<p>Gavin Williamson</p> (AP)

Gavin Williamson

(AP)

Covid-19 infections in the UK have fallen more than 20 per cent in a week, according to new figures, as school children prepare to return to the classroom a week on Monday.

There were 9,938 new cases reported on Wednesday, compared to 12,718 the same time last week. It comes amid continuing pressure from some Conservative MPs for the Government to move faster on lifting restrictions.

But on Wednesday Chris Whitty and Matt Hancock launched a publicity campaign urging Britons to “keep going” with lockdown measures at this “crucial point” in the pandemic.

At a Downing Street press conference, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that “no algorithms whatsoever” would be used to determine GSCE and A-Level grades this summer. Full details of how students will be graded will be announced on Thursday.