Covid-19: Further 1,295 deaths recorded in the UK


17th January, 2021 10:09:42 printer

Covid-19: Further 1,295 deaths recorded in the UK

A further 1,295 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test have been reported in the UK, the third-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

It brings the total number of deaths by this measure to 88,590.

There have also been a further 41,346 lab-confirmed cases, and 4,262 more people have been admitted to hospital.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England, said the "continuous rise in cases and deaths should be a bitter warning for us all".

"We must not forget the basics," she added. "The lives of our friends and family depend on it.

"Keep your distance from others, wash your hands and wear a mask."

The latest figures come ahead of Monday's change in travel rules for the UK, with all travel corridors closing, meaning arrivals from every country will have to quarantine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the changes at Downing Street on Friday, saying they would "protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains" of Covid.