UK becomes first nation in Europe to pass 150,000 Covid deaths

Official statistics on the number of coronavirus deaths were published on Saturday.

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Over 150,000 people have now died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK since the start of the pandemic, official figures indicate.

It makes the UK the seventh nation in the world to pass 150,000 deaths – following the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

Figures published by the UK Government on Saturday showed a further 313 deaths, taking the total to 150,057.

In the latest statistics for Scotland, 26 deaths and 12,602 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

As of Friday, 1362 people were in hospital in Scotland with recently confirmed Covid-19, an increase of 39 overnight.

Out of those, 48 patients are in intensive care, according to figures published by the Scottish Government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his condolences to all those who have lost someone during the pandemic after the UK surpassed 150,000 deaths.

In a tweeted statement, he said: “Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on our country and today the number of deaths recorded has reached 150,000.

“Each and every one of those is a profound loss to the families, friends and communities affected and my thoughts and condolences are with them.

“Our way out of this pandemic is for everyone to get their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t yet.”