MORE than 100,000 people have now died with Covid-19 in the UK – the first European nation to pass the landmark.
The shocking statistic comes after the daily figures show 1,631 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive test.
The UK is the fifth country to pass 100,000 deaths, coming after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
It follows a surge in cases last month, leaving the UK with one of the highest coronavirus death rates globally.
The number of cases in the UK has been falling in recent days, but the number of people in hospital remains high, as do the UK’s daily death figures.
“These are not just numbers,” she said. “Each death is a person who was someone’s family member and friend.
“This virus has sadly taken millions of lives across the world, but we have learnt a lot about this coronavirus over the past year. The best way to slow the spread is to follow the rules and right now that means staying at home.”