The UK recorded 1,820 deaths related to the CCP virus on Wednesday, the highest daily death toll since the pandemic began last spring.
According to newly released official data from Public Health England, a further 1,820 people died within 28 days of a positive CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus test.
This is over 200 more than the second highest daily death toll so far, which was recorded on Tuesday, when 1,610 people were reported to have died.
On Wednesday 20 January 2021, 38,905 new cases and 1,820 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported across the UK.
— Public Health England (@PHE_uk) January 20, 2021
There have been 38,905 new cases within the latest 24-hour period, according to official figures.
Infection rates in England peaked at the start of January, when over 1 in 50 people had the virus, but have been falling since.
However, along with hospitalisations, CCP virus deaths—which lag behind infections by around three weeks—appear to still be rising.
Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS in England, said on Sunday that the NHS is struggling more amid the CCP virus pandemic than it has in its 72-year history.
But he predicted that there will be “a real difference by spring” as a result of the ongoing mass vaccination programme.
As of Wednesday, a total of 4,609,740 people have now received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Public Health England.
But there are fears that new variants of the CCP virus may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines.
The UK closed all its “travel corridors” with other countries on Monday in order to protect the country against new strains of the virus coming from overseas, which might turn out to be resistant to vaccines.
The measure means all passengers must have a recent negative test and transfer immediately into isolation upon arrival. The isolation period lasts for 10 days, unless the passenger tests negative after five days.
Simon Veazey and Mary Clark contributed to this report.