The UK hit another dismal COVID-19 milestone on Tuesday as the number of deaths from the deadly virus surpassed 100,000 since the peak of the pandemic last year.
The evaluation of the death certificate data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that almost 104,000 deaths have occurred since last year. The UK government’s daily death toll is based on positive coronavirus tests over the past 28 days, so it’s slightly lower at 98,531.
The ONS figures show a total of 7,245 registered deaths in England and Wales mentioned COVID-19 on their death certificate in the week ending January 15th. That is an increase from 6,057 deaths the week before and the highest weekly number since April 24, 2020.
“It is a tragedy that we have now seen more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. This is a terrible milestone to be achieved and behind every death there will be a story of grief and sorrow,” said Chris Hopson, general manager of the NHS Provider, a membership organization of the state-funded National Health Service (NHS).
“We are still a long way from knowing the real effects of COVID-19 due to its long-term effects – but besides the high death rate, what is particularly worrying is that this virus has increased and affected health inequalities disproportionately to Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities” he said, urging continued “vigilance” of all communities and strict adherence to social distancing rules.
“The vaccine offers hope for the future. This is a key stage in the fight against COVID-19, but we need to stay on course until the end is really in sight,” he added.
The latest figures come as the UK government is considering further measures to combat a high rate of infection, including the possibility of a mandatory 10-day hospital quarantine for travelers entering the UK from regions that are at high risk for the spread of new ones Variants exist from the corona virus.
“The NHS is still under severe pressure in all parts of the country with 37,899 people in UK hospitals with COVID-19, including 4,076 ventilators,” said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock as he reiterated the message that people will continue to work after the lockdown supposed restrictions.
The minister stressed that his department-led immunization program remains on track to meet the government’s set goal of covering everyone under the top priority groups by mid-February despite pressure on vaccine supplies.
“The rate limiting factor for this vaccination program remains supply. As we know, supply is scarce. We have shown a very strong performance over the past week. And I am confident that the NHS will deliver every shot that is made available to it “he said, adding that 78.7 percent of all over 80s were vaccinated as of Monday.
The government has also launched a new Community Champions program through local councils, including well-known figures such as British-Indian actors Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, to combat minority reluctance to vaccinate.
“It is important that everyone has access to accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19. Incorrect information about COVID-19 vaccines can cost lives,” said community secretary Robert Jenrick.
Over £ 23 million has been given to 60 councils and volunteer groups across England to expand the work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and promote vaccine uptake.
“We want all communities to accept the offer of a free vaccine. I have worked closely with faith and community leaders to make sure those at higher risk of being harmed by this virus know how to get them Vaccine can benefit, “he said Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi.
“Expanding the Community Champions program will help everyone get the advice and information they need about COVID-19 vaccines,” he said.
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