London records zero Covid-19 daily deaths for first time in six months as cases soar elsewhere in Europe


Public Health England (PHE) statistics from Sunday showed no fatalities within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the UK capital, while the country as a whole recorded 19 deaths.
The last daily record of zero deaths in the capital was on September 14 before a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic struck Britain.
The data for Covid-19 deaths is usually lower on Mondays due to a lag in authorities reporting numbers over the weekend but the latest stats will be seen as a positive sign given the region was recording more than 200 daily deaths in January.
The news comes as England's "stay at home" order was lifted Monday and Covid-19 restrictions were eased, allowing two households or groups of up to six people to meet outdoors.
The country has been in full national lockdown since January 4, after a new, more transmissible variant of coronavirus was discovered in southeast England.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pools and golf courses have been permitted to reopen, and organized outdoor sports with an unlimited number of people have been given the thumbs up. Weddings are no longer limited to exceptional circumstances but are only allowed a maximum of six attendees.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged caution amid growing cases elsewhere in Europe.
"I know how much people have missed the camaraderie and competition of organized sport, and how difficult it has been to restrict physical activities -- especially for children," Johnson said. "I know many will welcome the increased social contact, with groups of 6 or two households now also able to meet outdoors."
The UK has the highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe, with more than 126,000 fatalities, according to a Johns Hopkins University (JHU) tally.