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UK COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000

Bianca Rahimi

Press TV, London

The United Kingdom was the first to detect a more contagious and perhaps more deadly COVID-19 variant. It was also the first country to start vaccination and has now inoculated most of its over 80s -- more than six-and a half million people.

Nonetheless, Boris Johnson’s government is under fire for its handling of the pandemic as the UK’s death toll passes 100,000.

The government has taken responsibility for the death toll but defended its decisions, some of which were pumping billions of pounds into a new test and trace system that has failed dismally, the launching of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which doctors blame for the autumn surge in infections, and refusing to clamp down on air travel that continued without testing or quarantine upon arrival.

The UK entered the pandemic unprepared, with a defunded and ailing National Health Service, cuts to public spending and one of the highest rates of obesity in the world. Millions of Britons, who were already struggling before the pandemic, are looking to the vaccine to save them.

The government says some restrictions may be lifted by late February, but if anything the new variant has shown that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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