More than 150,000 people have died in the UK from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to government figures.
Britain on Saturday became the seventh country to pass the milestone after the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru. It comes after an additional 313 deaths were recorded, bringing the pandemic total to 150,057 people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the virus has “taken a terrible toll on our country,” adding, “Each and every one of those is a profound loss to the families, friends, and communities and my thoughts and condolences are with them.”
He then went on to urge people to get vaccinated, saying: “Our way out of this pandemic is for everyone to get their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t yet. I want to thank everyone in the NHS and all the volunteers who have come forward to help with our country’s vaccine programme.”
The leader of the opposition Sir Keir Starmer described the figure as a “dark milestone” for the UK. “Our thoughts are with all those who have lost someone and we thank everyone for supporting the vaccination effort,” he said, before calling for a public inquiry to take place to “provide answers” and ensure “lessons are learned”.
COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign, Jo Goodman, saying it shows “yet another indictment of the government’s handling of the pandemic”. She said: “We didn’t need to be here and bereaved families and the rest of the country need answers as to how we have suffered one of the highest global death tolls.”
“This is ever more urgent as deaths from the Omicron variant continue to surge, with little apparently being done to address this. The public inquiry cannot begin its work soon enough.”
“We continue to feel frustrated at the use of 28-day figures to portray the death toll when the true figures of those with COVID-19 recorded as a cause of death are significantly higher.”
Under this particular measurement, 173,248 people have died with COVID-19 mentioned on their death certificate.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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