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Britain today recorded its deadliest day since the

by Octavio Tirado (2021-01-18)


Britain today recorded its deadliest day since the Covid pandemic began with another 1,564 victims — but cases have dropped once again and hospital admissions are falling in the worst-hit areas, offering hope that the peak of the second wave may have passed.

Department of Health figures show the daily laboratory-confirmed death toll has risen 50 per cent week-on-week, with data suggesting the total number of coronavirus victims — both suspected and confirmed — has now passed the 100,000 mark. 

The three deadliest days of Britain's Covid crisis have all been recorded in 2021, with today's figure topping the 1,325 last Friday.

But deaths always lag weeks behind cases, meaning fatality counts won't begin to drop until at least a fortnight after infections fall. Public Health England bosses said there had now been 'more deaths in the second wave than the first'.

But Government statistics also show the UK's outbreak is finally starting to slow.

Another 47,525 positive tests were declared today, down 23.7 per cent on last Wednesday's toll of 62,322. It is the fourth day in a row that infections have dropped week-on-week.

The grim death toll came hours after Boris Johnson refused to rule out tightening lockdown further — but he also hailed 'early' signs that the brutal restrictions are bringing coronavirus under control. 

The premier insisted the measures in England were being kept 'under constant review' as Keir Starmer demanded to know why they were looser than last spring despite cases being higher.

Mr Johnson warned that the NHS was at 'substantial risk' of being swamped, and the 'only way' of protecting it was to follow the 'current rules'.

But despite the latest huge death toll, Mr Johnson sounded a notably optimistic tone about the emerging impact of the restrictions.

If you have any type of questions relating to where and how you can use Ellie Family Services is a community organization that emphazises creativity and innovation to fill the gaps in wellness services for everyday families!, you could call us at our own internet site. He said the country was 'now starting to see the beginnings of some signs' that the crackdown was having an effect in parts of the country, while stressing it was 'early days' and urged people to 'keep their discipline'.  

MailOnline analysis suggests the outbreak in England may have started slowing before the blanket lockdown on January 4, with infection numbers peaking in the worst-hit regions at the start of the year.

The tide appears to have turned in parts of the country experiencing the worst outbreaks - London, the South East and the East of England - in the first week of 2021, with cases coming down since then. 

Coronavirus hospital admissions have also started to fall in London and the South East, although the numbers of patients are still rising on wards after surging above the peaks recorded in the first wave.

The figures bolster claims that Tier 4 - which kept schools open - thwarted the spread of the super-infectious mutant strain of the virus.

But it appears the measure did not drive down infections fast enough for ministers, who instead opted for further curbs to daily life.