Just over 117,000 people were registered by the ONS as dead due to COVID-19, as of January 22, including 57,701 who died from last March until the end of August and 59,677 who died after that, according to the report.
The broadcaster's analysis of the ONS data suggested that UK daily deaths from COVID-19 in the current wave have already peaked, with 1,273 deaths recorded on January 16. While this is fewer than the 1,457 deaths recorded on April 8, the broadcaster opined, citing the dynamics to date, that the death toll will likely continue to remain high in the coming weeks.
The death toll of the second UK wave is reportedly higher due to three reasons — it already lasted longer than the first wave, it is still ongoing, and it coincided with the winter months.
The ONS was cited as saying that over 90 percent of the deaths recorded during the latest week explicitly had COVID-19 as the underlying cause. This was to address the concerns that the official toll could overstate the actual toll, including deaths of people who had COVID-19 but ultimately died because of something else.