One in ten of the UK’s deaths have been reported in the last eight days (Picture: Reuters)
Half of the UK’s 100,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported since mid November.
The UK’s official death toll passed the grim milestone today but more than 50,000 of those deaths have been reported since November 10, when the toll stood at 49,770. More than 10,000 – one in ten of the UK’s total deaths – have been reported in the last eight days, with the total standing at 89,860 on January 18.
It means that the majority of deaths since the pandemic began in March have been recorded in the last 11 weeks alone. According to data using the date of death, instead of the date it was recorded, the UK reached 50,000 deaths on November 7.
Deaths have accelerated dramatically in recent weeks, amid the spread of new variants and widespread mixing of households at Christmas, which has pushed the NHS to breaking point.
Tonight the Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised to all those who have lost loved ones and expressed his ‘deepest sorrow’ at the death toll.
But the PM insisted that his government ‘truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life.’
However, experts have repeatedly questioned the speed of government decisions over national lockdowns and the shutting of the country’s border.
Tonight one scientist pointed the finger squarely at Mr Johnson’s government for the overall death toll, which Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer branded a ‘national tragedy’.
Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton, said: ‘In just over one year, there are more than 2 million COVID-19 deaths .
‘Within that huge level of mortality, the UK has contributed more than 100,000 of those deaths with a death rate of 1,445 per million people, one of the worst in the world and higher than the USA or Brazil.
‘Public compliance with the guidance has mostly been good, so this is predominantly a failure of governance.’
It comes after the ONS confirmed that its count of Covid-linked deaths had passed 100,000 on Tuesday morning.
A separate count using data from birth certificates suggested the figure had actually been reached weeks ago, with the same measure standing at more than 115,000 today.
Official government figures now show that 100,162 people have died within 28 days of testing positive since the pandemic began.
However, there has been more uplifting news on vaccinations, with nearly 7 million people now being given a first dose and almost 500,000 people being given a jab on Monday and Sunday.
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