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Coronavirus update: Payments to be made to families of NHS and front line workers who die while on duty; PM Boris Johnson returns to the helm

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The government has pledged lump sum payments to NHS staff and front line workers who have died while on duty.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, made the announcement during the government's daily press briefing, setting the figure at £60,000.

He also reported that 82 NHS workers and 16 social care staff had died to date.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary

Mr Hancock also announced the resumption vital NHS services such as cancer care, beginning on Tuesday.

He said: "As the number of hospitalisations from coronavirus begins to fall, I can announce that, starting tomorrow, we will begin the restoration of other NHS services – starting with the most urgent, like cancer care and mental health support.”

Also, during the day, Boris Johnson gave a speech at 10 Downing Street, marking his return to full PM duties after overcoming the virus while in hospital and taking time to recuperate after his release.

Boris Johnson has returned after recovering from coronavirus
Boris Johnson has returned after recovering from coronavirus

During the speech, he called for patience from the public and said: "I know it is tough and I want to get this economy moving as fast as I can, but I refuse to throw away all the effort and the sacrifice of the British people and to risk a second major outbreak and huge loss of life and the overwhelming of the NHS. I ask you to contain your impatience."

Today's update from the government came as global cases surged past three million, with cases in the USA surpassing one million.

New cases in the UK over the last 24 hours dipped slightly to 4,309, compared to 4,676 reported last Monday.

There were 360 new deaths linked to the virus reported, which compares to 449 last Monday.

The total number of cases in the UK now stands at 157,149, with deaths at 21,092.

All statistics listed are sourced here.

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