Posted on January 2021 By Jamie Southwell
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, responds to the climbing death toll with a press briefing. He was joined by the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, and NHS England Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens.
Key points from the conference:
Boris Johnson begins by delivering the "grim" news of total deaths in the United Kingdom now surpassing 100,000. He follows with a speech offering his condolences and honouring those who have passed away or have had loved ones pass away.
After thanking all those working for the "immense national effort", we are told the country "learn the lessons and prepare" for preventing future pandemics after the crisis.
Chris Whitty predicts the number of deaths will gradually decrease down over the next two weeks after a further 1,631 people died increasing the total to over 100,000. Provided in the graphs below.
Continuing with the statistics, Whitty informs us the number of people in hospitals is "substantially above the peak in April".
Sir Simon Stevens is the last to speak saying "this is not a year anybody's going to want to remember", but nobody will ever forget he adds.
The death rate will be continue to be driven by the infection rate responds Stevens.
Total cases for today were 20,089 which is a 70% decrease from last week's 34,143 cases on the same day.
To read the key points from previous government coronavirus conferences click here