UK’s Covid deaths now worse than Great Plague, Aids and the Blitz combined

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The UK has reached a grim milestone in its number of Covid related deaths, surpassing the Great Plague, Aids pandemic and the Blitz combined.

With a further 1,631 deaths recording on Tuesday, the total has now reached above 100,000.

The number is also worse than every single terror attack and war since 1945.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference marking the huge death toll, reports The Independent.

During the appearance, medical experts warned deaths will remain at a high level for at least the next two weeks.

The number of fatalities from the Great Plague of 1665-66, Aids epidemic and every terror attack and war in the last 75 years are a combined total of 99,500.

Currently, the UK has the highest death toll in Europe, and the 100,000 deaths are also double the number of people who died during the Blitz and WW2.

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers said: “This is a dreadful milestone to have reached and behind each death will be a story of sorrow and grief.

“We won’t know the true impact of Covid-19 for a long time to come because of its long-term effects."

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He added: "But, as well as the high death rate, it’s particularly concerning that this virus has widened health inequalities and affected black, Asian and minority ethnic communities disproportionately.

“Sadly, the virus has the potential to destroy many more lives. This is why we must all remain vigilant and meticulously follow the rules restricting social contact, however onerous they may seem.”

Speaking from No.10, the Prime Minister started his address on Tuesday by telling the nation: "I'm sorry to have to tell you that today the number of deaths recorded from Covid in the UK has passed 100,000.

"It's hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic. The years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended, and for so many relatives the lost chance to say goodbye"

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