The UK chief medical officer warned that there will be “many more” coronavirus deaths across the UK over the next few weeks.
Speaking at a news conference at 10 Downing Street, Chris Whitty said it will be some time before the government’s mass vaccination program protects the most vulnerable.
Although the death toll “looks like it [they have] flattened, but at a very high level, “he urged the public to” make their contribution “over the next few weeks.
Adding people had to be “realistic,” the chief medical officer said, it was still an “incredibly high number” and “will only go down relatively slowly over the next two weeks.”
He said, “We will unfortunately still have additional deaths to add to this very sad amount … Unfortunately we will see many more deaths in the next few weeks before the effects of the vaccines become felt.” ”
It came as the UK officially passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths, almost a year to the day the UK first registered cases.
Within 28 days of a positive test, 1,631 new deaths were recorded today, bringing the total to 100,162.
Data from the Office of National Statistics also shows deaths in which Covid-19 has been registered as the cause of death certificates, well over 100,000.
At the same conference, Boris Johnson described the death toll as “difficult to calculate” – and praised the efforts of health workers throughout the pandemic.
The Prime Minister said: “We will remember the courage of countless workers, not only our amazing NHS and caregivers, but also shop workers, transport staff, pharmacists, teachers, police, armed forces, emergency services and many others who have kept our staff Land during our greatest crisis since World War II.
“We will remember the little acts of kindness – the spirit of volunteering and the daily sacrifice of millions who have put their lives on hold as we fought each new wave of the virus to buy time for our brilliant scientists our help.
“In this moment of remembrance we will celebrate the genius and perseverance of those who discovered the vaccines.
“And the immense national effort, never before in our history, to spread it has resulted in the fact that we have now immunized over 6.8 million people across the UK.
“When these vaccines finally get us out of this virus and get us on the road to recovery, we will make sure we learn the lessons and think and prepare.
“Up to this point, the best and most important thing that we can all do to honor the memory of the departed is to work together with increasing determination to overcome this disease. And we will do that. “