The UK’s coronavirus death toll has passed the grim milestone of 100,000, official figures show.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that, as of January 15, there had been 103,704 Covid fatalities since the pandemic began.
The figure is slightly lower 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.
It comes after Britain suffered a devastating winter wave of the virus caused by the super-infectious mutant variant first found in Kent.
The new strain sparked a tsunami of infections and hospital admissions that left the UK with the highest Covid death rate in the world.