A top scientific advisor has warned the UK to brace for another 50,000 deaths from Covid in the coming months as he cautioned 'we are absolutely not out of this.'

Professor Calum Semple, member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), made the stark warning on the same day it was reported that there were now more than 100,000 recorded deaths from coronavirus.

On BBC's Newsnight tonight he was asked 'how many more deaths, what order of deaths do you think we are going to realistically have to face in the coming six months?'

He replied: "It would really not surprise me if we're looking at another 40,000 or 50,000 deaths before this burns out.

Calum Semple is Professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool
Calum Semple is Professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool

"The deaths on the way up are likely to be mirrored by deaths on the way down and each one again is a tragedy and each one represents also probably four or five people that survive but are damaged by Covid."

He went on to praise the work of scientists and the NHS but warned: "We are absolutely not out of this."

Professor Semple was also asked if this was a 'once in a generation crisis' and he said we were 'reaping the reward' for pushing into jungle areas and being exposed 'to animals that carry these viruses.'

He added: "I suspect in the next 20 years we will see something similar to this, albeit not on the same scale."

In a grim milestone since the start of the pandemic last year the number of Covid deaths registered in the UK passed 100,000, figures released this morning show.

Figures suggest the UK has the highest death toll in Europe
Figures suggest the UK has the highest death toll in Europe

Up to January 15, coronavirus had been mentioned on 103,704 death certificates.

And the latest picture is even more bleak, as a further 7,698 deaths have been confirmed since - meaning the total now stands at about 115,782.

The UK is one of just five countries to pass the horrifying tally, following the USA, India, Mexico and Brazil, meaning it has the highest death toll in Europe.;

The virus accounted for more than four in ten deaths in England and Wales in the week to January 15, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today.

And the overall number of deaths was 30 per cent higher than the five-year average.