THE coronavirus death toll has passed 56,000 fatalities, according to data from Office for National Statistics.
This is over 10,000 more than the Department of Health’s current figure of 45,422 – an increase of 110 across the UK today, July 21.
But ONS numbers do show that deaths have fallen by a third in the past seven days, remaining at lowest levels since lockdown.
It comes as a professor at Oxford University warned coronavirus could be around forever.
Professor Sir John Bell told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee: “The reality is that this pathogen is here forever, it isn’t going anywhere.
“Look at how much trouble they’ve had in eliminating, for example, polio, that eradication programme has been going on for 15 years and they’re still not there.
“So this is going to come and go, and we’re going to get winters where we get a lot of this virus back in action.
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