Johnson 'deeply sorry' as UK Covid deaths exceed 100000

PA Boris Johnson visits a vaccination site at Barnet Football Club in north London

PA Boris Johnson visits a vaccination site at Barnet Football Club in north London

Much of the blame for the UK's poor performance in battling the virus has been laid at the door of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who came down with COVID-19 in the previous year and ended up in intensive care.

The Prime Minister said that when the country comes through the crisis "we will come together as a nation to remember everyone we lost and to honour the selfless heroism of all those on the front line who gave their lives to save others".

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also show the number of United Kingdom deaths, based on mentions of Covid-19 on death certificates, passed 100,000 on January 7 2021.

The UK on Tuesday registered over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19, according to the government's latest daily figures.

At a Downing Street press conference this evening, Boris Johnson said he takes responsibility for all the government has done during the pandemic, saying "we truly did everything we could".

"I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done", the prime minister added.

"What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything we can to minimise loss of life and minimise suffering in what has been a very very hard crisis for our country". "It is an empty chair at the dinner table".

More than 60,000 cases had been confirmed some days earlier this month amid the rapid spread of a new variant of the virus since December.

The UK's death toll from the virus is now the fifth-highest in the world behind the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Meanwhile, Britain is speeding up its vaccine distribution with more than 6.8 million people receiving their first dose of vaccine and more than 472,000 receiving both doses as of Monday.

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