The daily figure is down slightly compared to the 1,245 fatalities recorded on Friday. Today’s figure also marks an 11 percent drop on last Saturday’s death toll, which stood at 1,348. The UK’s total number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 105,571.
The updated Government figures also showed a further 23,275 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK.
That compares to 29,079 on Friday, and 33,552 last Saturday.
It shows the number of cases has dropped by 30 percent in the space of a week.
It brings the total number of cases to 3,796,088.
But despite the drop in cases and deaths recorded this week, experts have warned the pandemic is far from over.
Karl Friston, a professor of imaging neuroscience at University College London and panellist on the Independent Sage group, has warned the total number of deaths are “likely to far exceed the number seen during the first wave” of the pandemic.
He said the rate at which deaths fall is likely to be slower than last year.
Prfessor Friston said: “In short, it seems as if the current resurgence will, on the one hand, not attain the peak fatality rates of the first wave; however, it is likely to be more protracted and deadly. The actual trajectory will depend sensitively on sociobehavioural responses (eg opening schools) and the efficacy of vaccination.”#
Today marks the first anniversary of when the UK recorded its first coronavirus death, which occurred on 30 January 2020.
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