Britain’s COVID death toll hits 100,000

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Tim Balk, New York Daily News
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Britain’s COVID-19 death toll hit 100,00 on Tuesday amid a mad rush to distribute vaccinations, reaching the harrowing mark before any other European country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a somber statement that “it is hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic.”

The U.K. has logged more than 3.8 million cases during the crisis and the country’s daily death count remains near an all-time, according to government data. The death rate in the country spiked early last spring and soared again this winter.

The devastating mountain of fatalities grew by 1,631 on Tuesday, according to government figures.

A highly contagious variant of the virus cropped up in the country last year and was rippling through London by Christmastime, prompting the government to level new health restrictions ahead of the holidays.

The strain is not thought to be resistant to inoculations, but Johnson has raised concerns last week that it could be particularly lethal.

As of Tuesday, more than 6.8 million people in the U.K. had received an initial vaccination dose and more than 470,000 had been given their second shot, according to government figures.

Around the world, more than 2.1 million people have died of COVID-19, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Britain joins the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico in reaching six-digit death counts. No country in the world has matched the American death toll, which had topped by 424,000 by Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

But relative to its population, hard-hit Britain has faced an even higher death rate than the U.S.

“I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one,” Johnson said in his statement, promising that “when we have come through this crisis, we will come together as a nation to remember everyone we lost.”