UK covid death toll tops 80,000 as Queen gets vaccine
London, Jan. 10, 2021 (AltAfrica)-UK has recorded more than 80,000 death toll, meaning that more than 80,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test since the start of the pandemic, official figures have shown.
The UK death figure was released on Saturday with further 1,035 people lost to the virus taking the total deaths by that measure to 80,868.
Same day Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip joined the country’s vaccination drive on as health officials said the UK had recorded more than three million cases since the start of the pandemic.
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A royal source said the vaccines were administered by a household doctor at the queen’s Windsor Castle residence, adding that she made the news public to counter any speculation.
With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shuttered the economy and is rushing out vaccines in a bid to stem the spread of the pandemic and deaths
Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more Covid deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
It is the fourth day in a row that the UK has reported more than 1,000 daily deaths.
It comes as scientists advising the government have warned that lockdown measures in England need to be stricter to achieve the same impact as the March shutdown.
Ministers have launched a new campaign urging people to act like they have the virus.
The Office for National Statistics recently estimated as many as one in 50 people in England had coronavirus between 27 December and 2 January, while in London it was one in 30.
On Friday, mayor Sadiq Khan said the spread of Covid in the capital was “out of control”.
Official figures from Public Health England showed London had the highest regional case rate in the UK, exceeding 1,000 per 100,000 people.