Dark Milestone of 140,000 Coronavirus Deaths Passed – .

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Dark Milestone of 140,000 Coronavirus Deaths Passed – .


New government figures confirm daily positive tests remain above 40,000 per day (Photo: PA / Getty)

Another dark milestone for Covid-19 has been reached as the death toll exceeds 140,000.

Another 207 people died in the past 24 hours within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

The announcement brings the tragic tally to 140,041, government figures confirm.

Health officials also confirmed 43,941 more cases in the past day.

Separate mortality figures are compiled by the Office for National Statistics which records all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They are much higher than the government measure, having already exceeded 165,000.

Yesterday, 263 more deaths were recorded, the highest daily total since March 3.

Cases have declined in recent days, possibly because of the midterm break at schools, but deaths and hospitalizations have increased.

The government has no plans to introduce further restrictions despite the high number of cases (Photo: NurPhoto)

The number of patients on ventilators also increased until October.

Health measures and death rates are lagging behind changes in cases, so any declines in infections will not be felt in hospital wards for two to three weeks.

About nine in ten adults in all parts of the UK continue to have Covid-19 antibodies, new figures suggest.

Estimates range from 90.0% in Wales to 92.2% in England, with 90.8% for Northern Ireland and 91.3% for Scotland.

The presence of antibodies to the coronavirus suggests that someone has already had the infection or has been vaccinated.

It takes two to three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to produce enough antibodies to fight the virus.

The antibodies then remain in the blood at low levels, although these levels may decline over time to the point where tests can no longer detect them.

The latest estimates come from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are based on a sample of blood test results for the week starting September 27.

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