Britain pays tribute to health workers who lost their lives

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he resumes working after spending two weeks recovering from Covid-19. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday April 27, 2020. The Prime Minister is resuming full-time duties at the head of the Government three weeks after he was admitted to hospital with the disease. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

AT LEAST 25,000 people in the UK would have died after suffering confirmed or suspected Covid-19, new figures show, as the nation paid tribute to frontline workers who have lost their lives.

The UK has so far recorded 161,145 positive cases of Covid-19, with 21,678 hospital deaths as of Tuesday. But the number is expected to be far higher when deaths at care homes are included – more than 5,000 have been linked to the disease.

It comes as the nation held a minute’s silence on Tuesday morning to honour those who have lost their lives on the frontline following a campaign from Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College of Nursing.

People across the UK paused for a minute in tribute to the sacrifice made by those in roles ranging from doctors and nurses to carers, cleaners, porters and bus drivers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined the countrywide commemoration, as did Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

It comes as the NHS is preparing to resume key non-coronavirus services, including the most urgent cancer care, over fears thousands of patients could be having their illnesses made worse or missed altogether.

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