Coronavirus: 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus - 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19 - The Mandatory Training Group UK

Coronavirus: 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19.

The announcement means that 18 people had died in a 24-hour period after being tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus - 55 people have now died in UK after testing positive for COVID-19 - The Mandatory Training Group UK

A sign directs patients towards an NHS 111 coronavirus (COVID-19) pod at St Thomas’ Hospital in London

A total of 55 people in the UK have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

This is a rise of 19 deaths in a 24-hour period.

Making the announcement in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock called the coronavirus pandemic “the most serious public health emergency that our nation has faced for a generation”.

Mr Hancock said: “Our goal is to protect life. Our actions have meant that the spread of the virus has been slowed in the UK and I want to pay tribute to the officials at Public Health England and the NHS for their exemplary approach to contact tracing and their work so far.

“However, the disease is now accelerating and 53 have sadly now died. Our hearts across this whole house go out to their families.”

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