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Britain has the fifth highest toll globally and reported a further 1,631 deaths and 20,089 cases on Tuesday, according to government figures.
The 100,000 marker is more than the country's civilian toll in World War Two.
PM BORIS JOHNSON: Good afternoon. I'm sorry to have to tell you that today the number of deaths recorded from COVID, in the UK, has surpassed 100,000. And it's hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic. The years of life lost, the family gathering is not attended, and-- for so many relatives-- the missed chance even to say goodbye. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who's lost a loved one. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and the many grandparents who have been taken.