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UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

More than 100,000 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus, a year into Europe’s deadliest outbreak, figures from the government show.

The health department says 100,162 people have died after testing positive, including 1,631 new deaths reported Tuesday.

Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, and by far the smallest. The US has recorded more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times Britain’s.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, during a visit to Barnet FC’s ground at the Hive, which is being used as a coronavirus vaccination center, in London, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)

The UK toll is more than twice as many people as were killed by German bombs in Britain in the 1940-41 Blitz, and 30,000 more than the total number of British civilians killed during the six years of World War II.

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