The number of deaths recorded from Covid-19 in the UK has surpassed 100,000.
Boris Johnson said it is “hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic” of the Government’s figure.
The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “I’m sorry to have to tell you that today the number of deaths recorded from Covid in the UK has surpassed 100,000.
“It’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic: The years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and for so many relatives the missed chance to even say goodbye.”
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Boris Johnson said he offered his “deepest condolences” to everyone who has lost a relative to coronavirus and vowed to ensure those who have died are remembered.
The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who’s lost a loved one: fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and the many grandparents who have been taken.
“To all those who grieve, we make this pledge: that when we come through this crisis we will come together as a nation to remember everyone we lost and to honour the selfless heroism of all those on the front line who gave their lives to save others.”
More than 100,000 people in the UK have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the Government’s measure of the death toll.
The Government said a further 1,631 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 100,162.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 115,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The Government also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 20,089 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,689,746.
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