Health Secretary marks 'sombre day' as UK death toll tops 10,000

Today is a ‘sombre day’ as the UK death toll from coronavirus tops 10,000, the Health Secretary has said.

The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed this afternoon that a further 737 patients have died after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK’s total to 10,612.

Speaking at the daily press conference, Matt Hancock said: ‘Today marks a sombre day in the impact of this disease, as we join the list of countries who have seen more than 10,000 deaths related to coronavirus.

‘The fact that over 10,000 people have now lost their lives to this invisible killer demonstrates just how serious coronavirus is, and why the national effort that everyone is engaged in is so important.’

Hancock stated that 282,374 people have now been tested across the UK, with 84,279 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of those cases, 19,945 people have been admitted to hospital.

The Health Secretary then went on say the government’s ‘sincere condolences’ were with each of those who had died from Covid-19, as well as ‘their families and their friends’.

He continued: ‘Their grief is our grief. Their stories will not be forgotten.’

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