Latest figures show that more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the UK.
This total is based on the most recent statistics for people who had Covid-19 on their death certificate, as well as deaths that have occurred more recently.
This is a more comprehensive measure of Covid-19 deaths than the figures released daily by the government, which include only those who died within 28 days of testing positive, and currently stand at 84,767.
By contrast, the total number of deaths is 101,160, according to an analysis by the PA news agency.
The sad milestone comes nearly a year after the first Covid-19 death in the UK.
Peter Attwood, 84, of Chatham in Kent, died in hospital on Jan. 30, 2020 – although his death was not officially confirmed to be related to Covid-19 until late August.
By the time Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a full lockdown on March 23, the cumulative number of deaths in the U.K. had already surpassed 1,000.
In April, there were 23 consecutive days with more than 1,000 deaths each, including 1,456 on April 8-the “deadliest day” of the pandemic so far.
The cumulative number of deaths exceeded 25,000 on April 17 and 50,000 on May 23, but it took until November 26 to exceed 75,000 as the number of deaths dropped sharply during the summer and early fall.
When the second wave of the virus hit the U.K. in late fall, the number of deaths rose again-but not yet to the level of the first wave.
The new total of 101,160 Covid-19-related deaths is made up of 93,418 U.K. deaths in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, plus an additional 7,742 known to have occurred since the last registration data were released.
Of the 93,418 mentioned on death certificates.
– 84,449 were in England and Wales by Jan. 1, 2021, according to the Office for National Statistics.
– 7,074 were in Scotland through Jan. 10, according to the National Records of Scotland.
– 1,895 were in Northern Ireland through Jan. 1, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency.
Since those cutoff dates, another 7,742 deaths have occurred in the United Kingdom, according to the latest data from the government’s Coronavirus Dashboard.
These break down into 7,244 in England, 322 in Wales, 17 in Scotland and 159 in Northern Ireland.
Because of the time it takes for deaths to be reported and recorded, the “deadliest day” of the second wave won’t be known until it’s over – possibly not for another week or so.
Based on death certificate data, the highest number of deaths on a single day of the second wave so far is 597, on Dec. 28.
But that number, along with data for more recent days, will likely be revised upward as more deaths are recorded.