The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 12 – the lowest single-day rise for four months.
England reported 11 new deaths and Northern Ireland reported one death.
Scotland had no new Covid-19 deaths for the fifth consecutive day, while Wales had none for the fourth straight day.
It is the lowest daily increase since nine deaths were reported on March 13, almost two weeks before the lockdown began.
Deaths are trending down, but the latest total should be met with some caution as daily tolls announced on Mondays tend to be lower due to a lag in reporting weekend fatalities.
On recent Mondays, the death toll increased by 15 on July 6, 23 on June 29, 21 on June 22, 32 on June 15 and 62 on June 8. The biggest increase on a Monday was 697 on April 13, when the UK was in the peak of its lockdown.
The figures were announced after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the public to wear face coverings in shops amid fresh signs they will become compulsory in England to curb the spread of the virus.
NHS England reported 11 new deaths, bringing its hospital toll to 29,077.
The patients were aged between 72 and 95, and all of them had known underlying health conditions.
England’s beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlours and nail bars were allowed to reopen on Monday as lockdown restrictions were eased again.
Northern Ireland reported one death, taking its total to 556.
No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland for the fifth day in a row, Nicola Sturgeon announced.
The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing 2,490 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, no change on Wednesday’s figure.
She said 18,365 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by six from 18,359 on Sunday.
This follows 19 new cases on Sunday, of which 12 were in Glasgow.
Seven of these cases were asymptomatic and relate to one care home, which Ms Sturgeon said is now being further looked into, with testing and precautions in place.
A total of 550 patients are in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, she added.
Of these six were in intensive care, no change in the past 24 hours.
Scotland allowed indoor shopping centres to reopen and changed the rules to allow those under the age of 18 to take part in organised contact sports again.
The use of face masks has been compulsory in Scotland’s shops since Friday.
There are no new deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, with the number remaining at 1,541, Public Health Wales said.
The total number of cases in Wales increased by 25 to 17,045.
Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in Wales from July 27, First Minister Mark Drakeford said.
He told a press conference in Cardiff: “Public transport moves across our porous border with England. There, the use of face coverings is mandatory on public transport.
“And for the sake of simplicity and consistency, as well as being part of our plan to help reduce the risk of transmissions while on public transport where it is not possible to maintain a two-metre physical distance, it will become mandatory in Wales.”
On Monday, Wales allowed hairdressers to reopen, and allowed pubs, bars and restaurants to resume serving customers outdoors.
In other developments:
– Face coverings should be mandatory in shops, said the president of the Royal Society Dr Venki Ramakrishnan.
– The 200 quarantined workers at a farm in Mathon, Herefordshire are being given the “best support”, the county’s director of public health has said after some 73 positive cases among staff at vegetable producer AS Green and Co.
– Immunity to Covid-19 in recovered patients may only last a few months, a new study conducted by King’s College London has suggested.
– More than half of heart scans among hospitalised Covid-19 patients are abnormal, suggesting the virus may have a devastating impact on this vital organ, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation.
– The National Trust has reopened a small number of its houses to visitors for the first time since they all closed due to lockdown.