UK Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, and by far the smallest. The US has recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times more than that of the UK.
The Department of Health said 100,162 people have died after testing positive, including 1,631 new deaths reported Tuesday.
“It’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a televised news conference.
The UK toll is more than twice as many people as were killed by Nazi bombs during the 1940-41 Blitz, and 30,000 more than the total number of British civilians killed during the entire Second World War.
The first confirmed British victim of the virus was Peter Attwood, an 84-year-old pensioner who died on January 30, 2020 – though the cause was not recorded as Covid-19 until months later.
A year on, hundreds of thousands of Brits are grieving the loss of loved ones, and demanding an accounting for the terrible toll.
In part, the UK has suffered because of longstanding factors such as high levels of conditions including obesity and heart disease and London’s status as a global crossroads with especially high connectedness…..read more