| 4 December 2023, Monday |

UK records more than 150,000 deaths

Since the epidemic began, more than 150,000 individuals in the UK have died within 28 days after a positive Covid test.

On Saturday, 313 more fatalities were reported in the government’s daily data, bringing the total to 150,057.

After the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico, and Peru, the United Kingdom became the eighth country to reach 150,000 documented deaths.

“Every death from this illness is a sorrow,” a government spokeswoman said, “and our thoughts are with everyone who has lost loved ones.”

In the United Kingdom, 146,390 new cases have been reported, with the more transmissible Omicron type driving the increase.

The number of fatalities within 28 days following a positive test has also begun to climb, with 1,271 in the last seven days, a 38.3 percent increase over the previous week.

Because of the impact of immunizations, Covid hospital admissions and fatalities are not increasing as swiftly as in prior waves.

Hospitals, on the other hand, are still under strain as a result of growing admissions and Covid-related staff absences.

Official statistics count coronavirus fatalities in a variety of ways.

The Office for National Statistics tracks the number of deaths in which Covid-19 is listed as a cause of death on the death certificate, even if the person was not tested for the virus, with a total of 173,248 deaths documented up to December 24.

In January 2021, the United Kingdom became the first European country and the sixth country to surpass 100,000 documented Covid fatalities.

Another 25,000 people were killed in the UK six weeks later.

However, the combined effect of vaccination rollout and lockdown reduced the increase in the death toll for the rest of the year.

It’s been over a year since the United Kingdom registered 100,000 deaths. The majority of those occurred in two waves: a fast, unexpected increase in the spring, followed by a steady, continuous rise in the autumn and winter of 2020 into 2021, primarily prior to the availability of vaccinations.

Margaret Keenan, 90, made history on December 8, 2020, when she became the first person to receive a Covid shot as part of the UK’s countrywide rollout.

Vaccines have been the true success story of the pandemic, diminishing the relationship between viral infections, major disease, and mortality. However, certain fatalities are still unavoidable.

Today, the overall number of deaths in the United Kingdom exceeds 150,000. It serves as a grim reminder of why society cannot afford to ignore Covid.

According to a government spokesman: “We are grateful for the joint national effort and the dedication of frontline health and social care personnel and volunteers in providing vaccinations to tens of millions of people and keeping them safe. Thousands of lives have been saved as a result of their diligent efforts.”

He noted, though, that “the epidemic is not finished” and asked people to “do their role” by being vaccinated.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that he thinks England can “ride out” the current surge of illnesses without imposing any limitations, while he has recognized that portions of the NHS would be “temporarily overloaded.”

Plan B regulations in England now include required masks in most public indoor locations, Covid cards for access to select big venues, and advise to work from home.

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