By Rachael Grealish
The UK has unfortunately passed 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19, according to the government’s latest figures.
There were a further 1,631 deaths reported today, Tuesday January 26, taking the overall death toll to 100,162.
During his Downing Street conference today Boris Johnson has ‘pledged’ to ‘remember everyone’ who has died ‘when we’ve come through this crisis’.
The Prime Minister said: “I’m sorry to have to tell you that today, the number of deaths recorded from COVID in the UK has surpassed 100,000.
“And it’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic, the years of life lost the family gatherings, not attended and for so many relatives, the missed chance, even to say goodbye.
“I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who’s lost a loved one, fathers and mothers brothers and sisters sons and daughters, and the many grandparents who have been taken.
“And to all those who grieve we make this pledge that when we’ve come through this crisis we will come together as a nation to remember everyone. We lost, and to honor the selfless heroism of all those on the frontline who gave their lives to save others.”
Johnson went on to say the working people, not only NHS staff but those in shops, transport workers, police and the armed forces will be commemorated as he intends to ‘learn the lessons and reflect and prepare’.
He continued: “We will commemorate the small acts of kindness the spirit of volunteering and the daily sacrifice of millions who placed their lives on hold, time and again, as we fought each new wave of the virus, buying time for our brilliant scientists to come to our aid in that moment of commemoration, we will celebrate the genius and perseverance of those who discovered the vaccines.
“And the immense national effort, never seen before in our history, which is now underway to distribute them, one that has not seen us immunise over 6.8 million people across the United Kingdom.
“And when those vaccines are finally freed us from this virus and put us on a path to recovery. We will make sure we learn the lessons and reflect and prepare.”
The leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, also commented on the number of deaths exceeding 100,000 saying it showed the country is ‘lost’.
The Labour leader said: “This is a national tragedy and a terrible reminder of all that we have lost as a country.
“We must never become numb to these numbers or treat them as just statistics. Every death is a loved one, a friend, a neighbour, a partner or a colleague. It is an empty chair at the dinner table.
“To all those that are mourning, we must promise to learn the lessons of what went wrong and build a more resilient country. That day will come and we will get there together.
“But for now we must remember those that we have lost and be vigilant in the national effort to stay at home, protect our NHS and vaccinate Britain.”