Britain’s deadliest day since April: Health chiefs record 981 Covid victims and another 50,000 cases as second wave continues to grow and 20million more people in England are sentenced to Tier 4 lockdowns
Britain today recorded 981 Covid deaths in the deadliest day of the pandemic since April and posted 50,000 more cases, as another 20million people were plunged into the toughest restrictions in a desperate attempt to control the spiralling second wave.
Department of Health figures show the daily number of deaths is up 31 per cent in a week, with 744 added to the tally last Wednesday.
Today’s figure — technically the highest since 1,010 were declared on April 24 — will include hundreds of coronavirus victims who succumbed to the illness over the Christmas period.
Health chiefs also posted another 50,023 cases in the past 24 hours, which is up by 27 per cent on the 39,237 announced last Wednesday. The spike in infections is not down to reporting delays, Public Health England has said.