LONDON, England: Research has shown that COVID-19 infections have dropped some 60 percent in March in Britain, as the nationwide lockdown slowed the spread of the virus.
The UK's initial vaccination program targeted those over 65 years, and research shows that age group benefited the most, as they became the least likely to be infected.
Further, serious illness and deaths plunged among the vaccinated, according to researchers at Imperial College London.
Their report noted that the data "suggested that infections may have resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths since the start of widespread vaccination."
Commenting on the new data, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News, "What we've learned in the last 24 hours is that the rollout of the vaccine is working, we've seen that the safety system is working, he said.
"And we are seeing that the vaccine is working. It's breaking the link between cases and deaths."
As of April 6, some 31.7 million adults have been given a first dose of the coronavirus vaccination, or just over 60 percent of the country's adult population.
Researchers also urged caution, noting that infection rates stopped declining after the government began to ease the national lockdown and children returned to school.
On April 12 the next step in returning life to normal will take place as nonessential shops will be allowed to reopen, including hair salons, gyms and outdoor service at pubs and restaurants.
Britain's death toll from the pandemic is the highest in Europe at over 127,000.