THE UK’s Covid death toll has passed the grim milestone of 150,000 fatalities – barely a year after being plunged into lockdown.
The tragic toll was revealed today after the country has spent 12 months following strict rules in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of the deadly bug.
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Hospital workers held a minute’s silence as part of a day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the first lockdownCredit: Reuters
Daily government figures have recorded 126,573 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result
The figure is greater than the one updated by the Government each day, which includes only those who died within 28 days of a positive test result and today rose to 126,573.
By contrast, the wider death toll stands at 150,011, according to analysis by the PA news agency.
The total is based on the most up-to-date statistics for people who had Covid recorded on their death certificate, plus deaths known to have occurred more recently.
The new total of 150,011 deaths involving Covid-19 is made up of 149,207 UK deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, plus a further 804 that are known to have occurred since the latest registration data was published.
Of the 149,207 mentioned on death certificates:
- 136,417 were in England and Wales up to March 12, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
- 9,897 were in Scotland up to March 21, according to the National Records of Scotland
- 2,893 were in Northern Ireland up to March 19, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Since these cut-off dates, a further 804 deaths have taken place in the UK, according to the latest data on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
This breaks down as 745 in England, 43 in Wales, 10 in Scotland and six in Northern Ireland.
The grim milestone comes just over a year since Boris Johnson announced the first National Lockdown on March 23.
And earlier this week the Queen reflected on the “grief and loss felt by so many” as the nation paused to remember those lost to coronavirus exactly one year on.
By March 23 last year, the UK’s cumulative death toll had already passed 1,000.
Just 13 days later, on April 5, it passed 10,000.
The milestone of 100,000 deaths was passed on January 7, and 125,000 deaths on January 26.
The highest number of deaths to take place on a single day was 1,465 on January 19.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,459 deaths on April 8.
And more than 1,000 Covid deaths occurred every day for 24 days in a row in January.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll topped 1,000 for 23 consecutive days in April.
Today, the Department of Health recorded another 58 fatalities from the bug – including only those who died within 28 days of a positive test.
The figure was down 40 per cent on last week’s rise and the lowest jump recorded on a Saturday for the last six months, in a sign of cases easing.
It comes as Britain’s vaccine rollout continues to boom, with a total of 33,020,952 Covid jabs dished out in the UK so far.
Of those, 29,727,435 were first doses – a rise of 411,305 from March 25 to March 26 – while 3,293,517 were second doses.
The UK’s first death involving Covid-19 was Peter Attwood, 84, from Chatham in Kent, who died in hospital on January 30 2020 – though his death was not formally confirmed as having involved Covid-19 until the end of August.
A health worker at University Hospital Southampton wipes away tears on Britain’s National Day of ReflectionCredit: Alamy
Brits at Waterloo Train Station in London marked the minute’s silence on March 23 2021Credit: i-Images
Medics at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London marked a minute’s silence and hold a bouquet of flowers gifted to them by The Queen. Prince Philip was recently treated at the hospitalCredit: PA
Railway staff paused to reflect at midday at Newcastle Central StationCredit: NNP
Staff observe a minute’s silence outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in GlasgowCredit: PA