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‘Deadliest day’ of UK’s Covid-19 pandemic was in second wave, not first

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The UK suffered its worst day for Covid-19 deaths during the second wave of the virus, new analysis confirms.

A total of 1,463 deaths occurred on January 19 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

This is four more than the 1,459 deaths that occurred on April 8 2020, which was previously the UK’s “deadliest day”.

The total for January 19 has only now overtaken April 8, due to a small number of deaths that have recently been registered.

Coronavirus graphic / PA Graphics

The figures have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and provide the fullest picture so far of how the Covid-19 pandemic has unfolded in the UK.

They show that 147,681 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The number of deaths taking place has slowed, however, with the cumulative total taking five days to rise from 130,000 to 135,000, then a further eight days to reach 140,000 and another 10 days to reach 145,000.

Coronavirus graphic / PA Graphics

Analysis of the ONS data by the PA news agency shows that:

– More than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths occurred each day for 24 days in a row in January. During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll topped 1,000 for 23 consecutive days in April.

– The grim milestone of 125,000 deaths was passed on January 26, just 19 days since the cumulative total had passed 100,000 on January 7.

– It took more than twice as long – 43 days – for the total to rise from 75,000 to 100,000.

– Using the end of August 2020 as a dividing line between the first and second waves, 57,818 deaths took place in the first wave, while 89,863 deaths have so far taken place in the second wave.

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