Patrick Vallance says UK will face ‘high death numbers’ for weeks
The reported number of deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test was slightly higher than the 1,248 recorded on Thursday.
In total, there have been 87,295 recorded deaths from COVID-19.
The 55,761 new cases of COVID-19 was significantly up from th 48,682 cases recorded the previous day.
This brings the total number of cases in the UK so far to 3,316,019.
Separate figures from the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, revealed there have now been more than 100,000 deaths involving COVID-19 in the UK.
But offering some hope, the Government data also revealed the number of people the number of people receiving a first vaccine does has passed three million.
The latest statistics showed a further 316,694 people been given a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Thursday, increasing the total to 3,234,946.
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A total of 2,769,164 first doses have been administered in England, as well as 224,840 in Scotland, 126,375 in Wales, and 114,567 in Northern Ireland.
So far, 443,234 second doses of a vaccine have been administered in the UK – 420,510 in England, 19,264 in Northern Ireland, 3,331 in Scotland and 129 in Wales.
In total, the number of vaccine jabs administered in the whole of the UK, including both first and second doses, has increased to 3,678,180.
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