Government figures show that 9,765 new infections were reported, a 30 per cent fall on the 14,104 cases seen this time last week.

It is the smallest daily rise since October 2, when 6,968 cases were reported. Ten days later, Boris Johnson unveiled the Government’s tier system of restrictions in a bid to control a growing second wave of the virus.

A further 230 deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 within 28 days were also reported on Monday, bringing the UK total to 117,396.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 135,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Vaccination data up to February 14 shows that of the 15,839,781 jabs given in the UK so far, 15,300,151 were first doses – a rise of 237,962 on the previous day.

Some 539,630 were second doses, an increase of 1,915 on figures released the previous day.

The latest figures come a week before Mr Johnson has pledged to set out his “road map” for easing lockdown restrictions. Read the Standard’s latest reporting here.