In addition to the positive cases of COVID-19, the authorities report more than 80 thousand deaths.
This Saturday, January 9, Somagnews was informed of a further 1,035 deaths, bringing the official total to 80,868 in the UK.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK now also stands at over 3 million, the government panel said, although the actual number of people infected is likely to be much higher.
The figure of 3 million has been exceeded just three weeks after the number of cases exceeded 2 million on December 19.
As of October 31, the limit of 1 million laboratory-confirmed cases was reached, although the government did not start mass testing until May and protracted problems thereafter.
A further 1,035 deaths were reported Saturday after a Covid test in the UK, bringing the total to 80,868. The number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus increased by 59,937.
According to Johns Hopkins University, only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more deaths from COVID-19.
Separate figures released by UK statistical offices for deaths where Covid is listed on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that occurred in recent days, show that there are now 95,000 related deaths. with Covid in the UK.
COVID-19 in the UK
Intensive care physicians are struggling to treat more patients than at any time in the past four winters as the second wave of COVID-19 infections is rapidly increasing.
The additional death rate in 2020 was the highest since 1940.
As the roll-out of vaccines progresses, Susan Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) and professor of health psychology at University College London, said on Saturday that the current lockdown was “too lax.”
“We have the winter season and the virus survives longer in the cold, also people spend more time indoors and we know that aerosol transmission, which takes place indoors, is a very important source of transmission of this virus,” he said. they.
“And secondly, we have this new variety which is 50-70% more contagious. If you put those two things together, in addition to the NHS in crisis, we should have a tighter lockdown rather than less strict than we had in March. “
However, urgent action is also needed to improve public health amid serious inequalities.
NHS physician and activist Dr Phil Hammond tweeted, “My lesson of the year is that we were very ill-prepared to deal with the pandemic and mitigate the damage from our pandemic management.
This is because we are a hugely unequal society in which the poorest die ten years earlier and suffer from illness for another 20 years. And that was before Covid. “