PM recognizes ‘horrific toll’ as official Covid deaths total 150,000


Orris Johnson recognized the “terrible toll” of the coronavirus on the UK, as official figures showed more than 150,000 people have now died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

A scientist advising the government said Saturday’s total, when 313 additional deaths were announced, was an “absolute tragedy”, made worse because “many of them were avoidable if we had first And the second wave had the first action”.

With a total of 150,057 deaths by way of measurement, the UK became the seventh country to cross the milestone after the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

But separate figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 174,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK, where Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates.

Professor Andrew Hayward, who sits on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “It is absolutely sad and terrifying to think that has been repeated so many times.

“I think we could have done better. I think some of the deaths are even more tragic for the fact that many of them could have been avoided if we had taken action earlier in the first and second wave.”

The new deaths were announced as the NHS faces a significant strain from the Omicron variant and records high cases, although the death rate due to vaccines is not as fast as it was in the pandemic and the new strain is believed to be mild. Was.

In a tweeted statement, the Prime Minister said: “Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on our country and the number of deaths recorded today has reached 150,000.

“Each one of them is a profound loss to the affected families, friends and communities and my thoughts and condolences are with them.

“Our way out of this pandemic is for everyone to get their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t taken it yet.”