January 26th local time, the British Department of Health and Social Security released the latest data, showing 1,631 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 100,162.
This means that the United Kingdom became the first European country to exceed 100,000 coronavirus deaths and the fifth country in the world after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
British Prime Minister Boris.
When he presided over the government’s pandemic press conference that afternoon, Johnson said that it was “very difficult to calculate the sadness contained in this grim statistics”.
Johnson said that he was deeply sorry for every loss of life and that as Prime Minister, he was fully responsible for everything the government did.
Johnson pointed out that the government has indeed done its best and will continue to do its best to minimize the loss and suffering of life.
He stressed that “this is a very, very difficult stage, and also a very, very difficult crisis.”
The data was “heartbreaking,” said the UK Health Secretary Matthew Hancock.
Keir Starmer, the leader of the British opposition Labour Party, called it a “national tragedy”.
Earlier that day, according to the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths from the virus in the United Kingdom has approached 104,000 since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. It is understood that the relevant data are based on death certificate statistics as of January 15.
The daily data of the government health department are based on the number of deaths within 28 days of positive test results, which is slightly lower than the data of the National Bureau of Statistics.
On November 11 last year, the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK reached 50,000, while it took only 76 days to break through 100,000.
Following the announcement of the discovery of the coronavirus Variants virus in the United Kingdom last December, the number of infections and deaths has surged. The UK is currently one of the highest death rates from the coronavirus in the world.