The UK has again recorded more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths overnight bringing the country’s official death toll past 80,000.
Another 59,937 Covid-19 cases were also reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic past three million to 3,017,409.
A total of 80,868 deaths within 28 days of a positive test are now recorded on the Government’s dashboard meaning another grim milestone has been reached.
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However, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been more than 96,000 fatalities involving the virus in the country.
The three million figure was passed just three weeks after cases hit the two million mark on December 19.
The one million lab-confirmed case mark was previously reached on October 31, although the Government did not start mass testing until last May, meaning many earlier cases will have been missed and the true number of total cases since the start of the outbreak will be higher.
Today’s daily death toll of 1,035 marks the second highest Saturday figure since the pandemic began.
It is trumped only by April 18, when 1,105 lost their lives. However, it is almost 200 lower than Friday’s total of 1,325 fatalities, which was the highest single-day total yet.
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