More than 200,000 people in the UK have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began, new figures show, APA reports citing Yahoo News.
The grim milestone comes as infections and hospital admissions are once again on the rise, driven by the coronavirus subvariant Omicron BA.2 – though the number of deaths remains well below levels reached in previous waves.
A total of 200,247 deaths involving coronavirus have now been registered in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This includes all instances where Covid-19 has been mentioned on someone’s death certificate, either as a main cause of death or a contributory factor.
The 200,000 mark was reached on June 25, but has only now been confirmed due to the time it takes for deaths to be registered.
Covid-19 deaths have remained low by historic standards during each of this year’s waves, reflecting the success of vaccines in weakening the link between infection and serious illness.