More than 10,000 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Yorkshire & the Humber – the same week deaths across the UK surpassed 100,000 and a year since the first confirmed case of the virus in the UK, which was recorded at the University of York.
For context, the 10,000 people who have died in Yorkshire could fill the seats at Hull KR stadium, Craven Park, which brings into sharp focus the horrifying scale of this humanitarian tragedy.
According to Office for National Statistics data, three areas of the region - Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield - have seen more than 1,000 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The 10,000 figure would also fill the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, and is the same figure as the huge crowds which turned out in 2016 for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations on The Mall.
For every person lost is a family left bereaved and a life cut tragically short, and The Yorkshire Post has spoken to several families this week putting human stories at the forefront of the grim figures.
One woman told how her wife died in her arms minutes after her oxygen mask was removed at the Hull Royal Infirmary.
However, more hopeful figures were released yesterday revealing that nearly seven million vaccines have now been administered to people across the country, paving the first few steps on the route out of the pandemic.
As of 29 January, 6,816,945 people had received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in England, according to UK government statistics.
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