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The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The UK is set to reach a grim milestone by the end of January after a year of missed opportunities has led to one of the worst Covid fatality rates in the world

The World Health Organization begins tracking the disease we now call Covid-19. On 14 January it finds its first case outside China, in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission seems likely, and on 30 January WHO warns this is a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert that WHO can issue.

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