The number of deaths reported today within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test has reached 1,610.
Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton, said:
“The lockdown is starting to show an effect on new cases per day. However, a proportion of the cases from early January will be admitted to hospital approximately this week, and deaths from those cases will likely peak around the end of this month.
“Therefore, we will alas see several more ‘record-breaking’ days in terms of newly-reported deaths. Over the coming weeks, the combination of the lockdown and the impact of the vaccine roll out will start to translate into a reduction of severe COVID-19 cases. The pressures on hospitals should then begin to ease. However, until that point, it will be a very difficult time for the NHS and the general public.”
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