Covid deaths today: Why are Covid death figures delayed?

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Coronavirus cases continue to soar across the UK, with the country under national lockdown rules for the foreseeable future. New highly transmissible mutations of the virus have added to the pressure on hospitals and the soaring case rates. One such variant was discovered in Kent, and saw cases rapidly increase in the south of England.

The Government is ramping up its vaccination programmes in order to protect those most at risk and hopefully relax lockdown rules.

Throughout the pandemic, data has been published daily updating the nation with the number of coronavirus cases and Covid-related deaths.

This is gathered by Public Health England and published on their dashboard, showing the rates of infection across the country.

However today PHE has not published any Covid death figures.

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Why are Covid death figures delayed?

The lack of Covid death figures today is due to a “processing issue” according to PHE.

PHE tweeted today: “Due to a processing issue with deaths data the #COVID19 Dashboard update is delayed today.

“48,682 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported today across the UK.”

PHE did not say when the data would be available.

A message on the PHE coronavirus data dashboard reads: “Due to an issue with the processing of deaths data, the update for 14 January 2021 is delayed.”

Across the UK since the virus was first discovered there have been 84,767 deaths and 3.21 million people have tested positive for the virus. 

In some positive news, Covid-19 rates have fallen in most regions of England and across all age groups apart from the over-80s, in the latest sign lockdown measures are having an effect.

PHE data of cases has today shown although London continues to have the highest rate of any region, its rate of new cases stood at 864.9 per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 10.

This was down from 1,043.9 in the previous week.

There was a similar pattern in other areas, with the East Midlands, eastern England, north east England, south-east England and Yorkshire & the Humber all recording a week-on-week fall.

However, the rate has increased in north west England, south west England and the West Midlands.

And vaccinations have increased across the country, with more than three million doses administered in the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Superb news that we’ve administered over 3 million vaccine doses across the UK.

“THANK YOU to all who have responded to the call and to the NHS, Armed Forces and volunteers who make it happen.

“It brings real hope, but it’s critical that for now we #StayHomeSaveLives.”

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