UK Covid: Another grim milestone as number of deaths passes 150,000 – new data released

Covid: Over 150,000 total UK deaths recorded

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According to latest figures, a further 313 deaths were reported by the Government’s daily figures today, bringing the overall total to 150,057. Around 146,390 new cases have also been recorded in the UK- as the Omicron continues to drive up infections.

A further 146,390 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, the Government said.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 174,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Some 1.227 million people tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week, 10.6 percent more than the week before, while the number of deaths was up 38.3 percent on a week before at 1,271.

The UK is the seventh country to pass 150,000 deaths behind the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

This comes after the NHS recorded a record number of staff absences after Christmas.

According to latest data, around 39,142 acute Trust staff in England were absent due to Covid illness or isolation on January 2.

This is an increase from 24,197 recorded on Christmas Day.

It is also more than double the 18,829 on December and more than tripled the 12,240 staff on December 12.

Absences reached their peak across the NHS just before New Year’s Eve with 40,654 staff off for Covid-related illnesses.

This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted some hospitals will feel “temporarily overwhelmed” in the Omicron wave.

This is despite him pledging to do “whatever it takes” to stop the NHS being overwhelmed.

Mr Johnson ordered the Armed Forces to support the health service as it struggles with rising hospital admissions.

London is expected to receive 40 military medics and 160 general duty personnel to deal with the high staff shortages.

Minister for London Paul Scully said military personnel being deployed in the capital would be a “mixture of medics, porterage and these kinds of things” to assist hospitals.

Air Commodore John Lyle said the Army had serviced over 400 requests for individual support from the military since March 2020.

More than 1,000 personnel were deployed supporting the booster programme.

He added patients could see a “primarily NHS workforce” supported by personnel wearing army uniform and protective equipment.

NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor said troops would be “helping out in different ways depending on whether or not they are clinically qualified, so obviously if people have medical skills, then they can be used in clinical settings”.

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul told Sky News it was important that “the Government doesn’t just wait to ride this out, because every day people are suffering”.

The NHS is extremely strained as a result of the rise in Omicron cases, with almost 3,000 critical care and general acute beds being closed.

The Royal College of Nursing’s director for England, Patricia Marquis said: “The Government can no longer deny the staffing crisis in the NHS.

“The Prime Minister and others can no longer be dismissive of questions about the ability of NHS staff to deliver safe care.

“Once the military has been brought in, where does the Government turn next in a bid to ‘ride out’ the wave rather than deal with it?

“Nursing staff might welcome any extra help at work right now, but we need to know that the Government isn’t compromising patient and professional standards in any way.”

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