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The daily death figures for the 25th and 26th of January have been released by the NHS.

From 4pm on Monday to 4pm on Tuesday, a further 973 coronavirus deaths were recorded, taking the total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive test to over the grim milestone of 100,000.

The recent surge in coronavirus related deaths now means that the UK are the 5th country to surpass 100,000 deaths, behind only the US, India, Brazil and Mexico.

A new strain of the virus found in the UK has been linked to rising mortality rates, with experts suggesting it may be up to 70% more transmissible.

Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, touched on the rising death toll when speaking on BBC’s Newsnight: “It would really not surprise me if we’re looking at another 40-50,000 deaths before this burns out”.

In terms of vaccinating new strains, Dr Susan Hopkins, deputy director of the national infections service at Public Health England (PHE), remains confident that new strains will still respond to the current vaccines: “[They] should induce a broad immune response, mutations do not imply that the jab will not work”.

Covid-19 rates per 100,000 population in many areas of Nottingham have now dropped below the national average, however Nottingham City, Mansfield and Ashfield still show numbers well above the average.

Their numbers are 406.1, 530.6 and 447.2 respectively, and the national average is 385.5.

By George Chouls