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Covid UK: Death toll hits 100k as care home fatalities TRIPLE

Added 01-26-21 10:36:02am EST - “Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that, as of January 15, there had been 103,704 Covid fatalities across Britain since the pandemic began.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “UK's Covid death toll hits 100,000, ONS says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Four in 10 deaths in England and Wales in the week ending January 15 were caused by Covid-19, ONS figures revealed today as the total number of people killed by the disease since the pandemic began passed 100,000.   

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that there were 7,245 Covid deaths in England and Wales in the most recent week, making up over a third of the total, 18,042 (40 per cent). This was the highest proportion of weekly deaths accounted for by coronavirus of any point since the outbreak began last year. 

The report added that, across the entire of the UK, there had been 103,704 Covid fatalities by the middle of this month. 

This figure is slightly higher than the Department of Health's tally of 98,531 because the ONS includes all fatalities with Covid on the death certificates, whereas the Government's figure relies on positive tests. The official count, which missed off untested care home residents in the first wave, is expected to top six figures today or tomorrow.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, a statistician at the University of Cambridge, described the 100,000 figure as an 'awful total'. 

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