UK coronavirus death toll surges by 616 – more than this time last week

UK coronavirus death toll surges by 616 – more than this time last week

 

The UK’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 62,033.

The disease claimed another 616 lives across the UK in the past 24 hours, with 12,282 more people testing positive for the coronavirus.

By way of comparison, last Tuesday 603 people died and another 13,430 cases were recorded.

Today’s death toll is the highest on a Tuesday since May, when the country was in the grips of the first wave.

On May 5, 736 people died with Covid-19.

Yesterday a further 189 people were killed by the virus – a figure considerably lower than today’s due to a lag in weekend reporting.

This was down on last Monday’s death toll of 205 and the 206 reported on Monday, November 23.

Department of Health data shows that deaths have started to fall over the past weeks.

During the second wave things came to a peak on November 25, when 696 people were killed by Covid-19.

This is almost half the 1,224 deaths recorded on April 21 at the peak of the first wave.

While the tide could quickly turn the other way, data from the past two weeks seems to show a slight fall in daily deaths.

This slightly improving situation comes as the first Brits outside of trials received the Covid-19 vaccine today.

Vaccinations have started with the most elderly, people in care homes and their carers, before coming down the age range, with NHS staff and the clinically extremely vulnerable also high on the priority list.

Margaret Keenan, 90, was the first to receive the jab in the UK, having been given the life-saving vaccine at 6.31am in Coventry.

Since then, the vaccine has been given to several people in 50 hospitals across the country.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has dubbed the historic day ‘V-Day’.

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