Coronavirus death toll passes 40,000 as Matt Hancock tells Britons not to attend protests

The UK has surpassed a grim milestone, with more than 40,000 coronavirus related fatalities since the pandemic began, according to figures from the Department for Health and Social Care.

A total of 40,261 people have now died after testing positive with Covid-19, a rise of 357 since yesterday, amid 283,311 infections.

It comes as the Government announced all hospital staff and visitors will be to required wear face coverings.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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