LONDON – January has been the deadliest month for the UK in its fight against Covid-19. Statistics show that on average, more than 1,000 people have died daily during the month.
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of when the country recorded its first death caused by the virus, with the overall death toll passing 100,000 this week.
Data released by the Office of National Statistics showed that between January 1 and 28, 1,006 deaths a day had been recorded with the number rising to 1,200 last Saturday, bringing the total deaths in January to 29,371.
The death toll in the UK has crossed beyond 120,000 now. Despite the grim statistics, the overall spread of the virus in the UK is slowing down.
On Saturday, 23,275 people tested positive for the virus. Between January 24 and 30, 178,630 people got confirmed positive test results. The number represents a 31.3% decrease compared to the previous week.
Last week, 8,242 deaths were reported, 28 days after they tested positive. This represents a weekly fall of 5.7% in fatalities.
The slowing down of the pandemic in the UK can be attributed to the increasing rate of the number of vaccines being administered to the general public.
As of last Friday, 8.378 million people had been vaccinated with a first dose and 480,432 people with a second dose.
Also until Friday, the latest R range for the UK is 0.7 to 1.1 with the current growth rate being -5% to 0% per day. The R number is a mechanism used to rate the virus’s ability to spread, with R being the number of people one infected person will pass the virus on to.
The government has introduced new travel restrictions for those returning from 30 countries. Travelers entering the UK from these countries will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days in a government-provided accommodation.
UK nationals and residents looking to travel abroad must provide a written declaration as to why they want to travel abroad for a reason other than a holiday. (Anadolu)