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More than 760 Londoners died with Covid between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day


ore than 760 people died with coronavirus in London between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, the latest Government figures show.

A total of 763 Londoners died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus between December 24 and January 1, according to the Department of Health dashboard.

The capital saw its highest daily number of Covid deaths on December 30, when 100 fatalities were recorded.

This was the first time London’s 24-hour death toll hit three figures since April 22, when 111 were confirmed.

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The sobering figures come amid the grim UK-wide total of more than 5,000 Covid-19 deaths recorded over the same time period.

The Government said 5,085 people died across the country between December 24 and January 1 after contracting the virus.

This figure is likely to rise as further deaths are recorded.

The full death toll for this period, which includes everyone who had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate, will not be known until later in January.

The latest figures for Britain, based just on people who died 28 days after testing positive, show that 546 deaths took place on Christmas Eve and 563 deaths occurred on Christmas Day.

A total of 600 deaths took place on December 28 – the highest total for a single day since April 26.

Some of the Covid-19 deaths that occurred in the UK over Christmas are only now being reported.

Of the 1,041 new deaths reported on January 6, around a third took place before January 1, while some 100 took place in the seven days up to Christmas Day.

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