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Scientists warn of more ‘record breaking’ days of people dying from Covid

by LLB staff reporter
20th Jan 21 11:48 am

Scientists and Public Health England (PHE) have warned that unfortunately there will be a rise in coronavirus related deaths.

This comes after it was reported on Tuesday that 1,610 people had died from the virus, which was the highest on record to date.

Due to the lag between people becoming infected, then being admitted to hospital means that the death toll may not start to come down until the end of January.

PHE medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle warned that coronavirus-related deaths will “continue for some time throughout this second wave.”

She added, “Whilst there are some early signs that show our sacrifices are working, we must continue to strictly abide by the measures in place.

“By reducing our contacts and staying at home we will see a fall in the number of infections over time.”

Dr Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, warned there could be further “record-breaking” days concerning the number of newly reported deaths.

“The lockdown is starting to show an effect on new cases per day,” he said.

“However, a proportion of the cases from early January will be admitted to hospital approximately this week, and deaths from those cases will likely peak around the end of this month.

“Therefore, we will alas see several more ‘record-breaking’ days in terms of newly-reported deaths.

“Over the coming weeks, the combination of the lockdown and the impact of the vaccine rollout will start to translate into a reduction of severe Covid-19 cases.”

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