Recordings of more than 150,000 deaths in Covid, UK

By Becky Morton
BBC News

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The Covid family is remembered by a memorial wall at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Over 150,000 people have died in the UK within the first 28 days after a positive Covid Test.

The government reported an additional 313 deaths on Saturday in its daily figures, making the total at 150,057.

After Brazil, India (Russia), Mexico (Peru), and Brazil (150,000), the UK is now the seventh country with more than 150,000 death reports.

According to a government spokesperson, “Every death caused by this virus is tragic and our condolences go out to all those who have lost their loved ones.”

In the UK, there have been an estimated 146.390 new cases. Omicron, which has a more transmittable variant, is driving the increase in infections.

In addition, the number of deaths in 28 days after a positive test is on the rise. The total 1,271 reported cases over the last seven days has increased 38.3% compared to the week before.

Covid deaths and hospitalizations have not increased as rapidly as in previous waves due to the vaccine’s impact.

Hospitals are still under severe pressure from rising admissions, and Covid-related staff absenteeism.

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Camilla Claridge of Oxfordshire was devastated to lose her grandmother, Covid, in February 2012. On the night she attended her funeral, Camilla learned her father, also suffering from the virus.

“We buried Nan, and then we returned home to grieve our loss. We were woken by a telephone call at one o’clock in the morning to inform us that it was time to start thinking about how we would say goodbye,” she stated.

It was horrible. The ICU, you walk in and there’s just beds of people lined up with machines breathing for them…. The ICU was unfamiliar to me. [my dad]All the tubes.

She said, “It is hard to imagine 150,000 families going through what we are experiencing.”

Professor Andrew Hayward is a member the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. He said that the death toll had been “absolutely tragic”.

He stated that “I believe we could have been better,” to BBC Radio 4’s PM program. I believe some deaths were even more tragic because they could have been avoided if we had taken action earlier during the second and first waves.

Official statistics count deaths due to coronavirus in different ways.

Covid-19 has been listed as a cause in death certificates by the Office for National Statistics. This includes people who have not had the virus tested. The total number of Covid-19-related deaths was 173,248, which is the highest recorded until December 24th.

The UK became the fifth European country and the first to surpass 100,000 Covid deaths in January 2021.

Six weeks later, the UK was witness to another 25.000 deaths.

However, the combination effect of vaccine rollouts and lockdowns slowed death rates throughout the remainder of the year.

The UK has lost 100,000 people in just one year. The majority of deaths occurred in two waves: a sudden spike in spring, followed by an increase in autumn and winter 2020-2021. This was largely prior to the availability of vaccines.

Margaret Keenan (90) became the first person in Britain to get a Covid jab.

The real story behind the pandemic was the vaccines. They weaken the link between infection and severe illness or death. However, some deaths are still possible.

Today the UK’s total deaths exceed 150,000. This is an alarming reminder that Covid cannot be ignored. It isn’t going away.

The government spokesperson said that they were grateful for the national collective effort as well as the hard work of volunteers and frontline staff in health care and social services for providing vaccines for millions and maintaining safety for people. Their unwavering efforts saved the lives of thousands.

But he said “The pandemic isn’t over” and asked people to “play your part” in getting vaccines.

This is after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI), which said that a fourth Covid jab wasn’t necessary for most people.

According to data, the protection against hospitalization for 65-year-olds who have received a booster dose of vitamin B6 remains about 90% after three months.

The JCVI stated that it is important for people to receive the first, second and/or third doses of the medication if they haven’t already.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of England, stated that he hopes England will be able to “ride out the current wave” of infected without any further restrictions. However, he admitted parts of the NHS might feel “temporarily overwhelmed”.

England currently has Plan B restrictions. This includes the requirement of wearing face masks inside public spaces and Covid passes to enter large venues. It also gives advice on how to work remotely.

Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland already have stricter rules for venues that host guests.

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