The UK saw more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths a day for 14 days in a row in January, new figures show.
The death toll, based on mentions of the virus in death certificates, reached 1,273 on Jan. 16 – the highest number of deaths recorded in the second wave to date in a single day.
However, the numbers could continue to rise if all deaths are recorded for the second half of the month.
Preliminary data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a total of 117,378 deaths had occurred in the UK as of January 22, with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
In the 14 days from January 7th to 20th, the daily death toll was over 1,000.
During the first wave of the virus in April 2020, there were 23 consecutive days that the death toll exceeded 1,000.
The deaths peaked during the first wave on April 8, when 1,457 deaths occurred.
The current high of the second wave of 1,273 on January 16 is likely to increase as more deaths are recorded.
Worse still, it could be overtaken by another date – for example, January 19, which is the current number of 1,267 deaths.
The ONS data also shows that there were 27,400 deaths with Covid-19 in the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day (December 25 through January 21).
This is the highest number of deaths in a four-week period from April 10 to May 7, 2020.