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UK sees highest death rate for a single day since pandemic started

by LLB staff reporter
19th Jan 21 4:25 pm

The UK has had the highest death rate in a single day since the outbreak started, as 1,610 more people have died Public Health England have confirmed.

Today’s figures are steep rise from the 599 deaths recorded on Monday, and there was a further 33,355 confirmed cases over the past 24-hours, down from 37,535 yesterday.

This comes as the Office For National Statistics (ONS) data shows one in eight people in England had already been infected with Covid-19 by December.

London has been worst affected in both the first and second wave, saw the second highest past infection rate at 16.4%.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick said, “This study shows that infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is much more widespread in the UK than previously realised with around one in 10 people estimated to have been infected by December 2020.

Boris Johnson has told Londoners on Tuesday, to “stay at home” as the capital’s hospitals for Covid admissions has reached a record high.

The Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine warned that hospital staff are struggling to deal with the exceptionally high number of Covid patients being admitted.

As of Monday morning there were 7,917 Covid patients being treated in London hospitals, which is 2,716 more than the peak in April 2020.

NHS England’s data also shows that 1,220 patients are on ventilators, compared to 1,057 on 10 April, 2020.

Speaking to the Evening Standard the Prime Minister said, “With Covid cases stubbornly high and an alarming number of people still in hospitals across London we need everyone to continue to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“I know how tough this is, but the stakes are too high this time.”

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