NEARLY 20,000 people in the UK have died of coronavirus, according to new figures.
A total of 19,506 patients had died in hospital as of 5pm on Thursday, the Department of Health said.
The figure is up by 768 from 18,738 the day before.
It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock faces increasing pressure to follow Nicola Sturgeon’s lead and reveal his coronavirus exit plan.
In an angry interview with the beleaguered Health Secretary even claimed his government’s five point plan for easing the lockdown announced last week was the same as the Scottish Government’s 25 page paper released yesterday.
Sturgeon’s framework document, and willingness to hold an “adult conversation” about the trade-offs necessary for living in a global pandemic, was praised by politicians from across the parties, including a number of senior Tories.
But the Health Secretary said it was still too soon.