London, Jan 26 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom on Tuesday passed the grisly milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths.
UK health authorities said 1,631 people had died from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus to 100,162.
“It’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic,” the United Kingdom’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, told a press conference.
“The years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and, for so many relatives, the missed chance to say goodbye,” he added.
“I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost and, of course, as prime minister I take every responsibility for everything this government has done,” he said.
“What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could and continue to do everything we can to minimize loss of life.”
Only the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more than 100,000 overall deaths.
Over 35,000 people are currently in UK hospitals for Covid-19 treatment, said Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical advisor.
There were a further 25,000 Covid-19 cases detected Tuesday, which suggest a slight decrease from recent days.
Whitty warned that the decrease should be treated with caution.
The average number of daily deaths in the UK over the last seven days was 1,242, he said.
Keir Starmer, Johnson’s main political rival as leader of the Labour Party, described the 100,000 milestone as a “national tragedy.” EFE-EPA