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Key points: Deaths Exceed 100,000

Posted on January 2021 By Jamie Southwell

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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