London, Apr 11: A total of 19 National Health Service (NHS) workers in the United Kingdom have died after contracting COVID19, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Saturday, adding that none of the deaths were linked to shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The health secretary, however, expressed the belief that none of the deaths were due to reported shortages in PPE. Hancock also urged medical professionals to use the right amount of PPE in order to prevent wastage, in line with a new UK-wide plan announced on Friday to ensure availability of protective equipment for everyone.
Newly-elected Labour Party leader Keir Starmer slammed the health secretary for implying that medical professionals are wasting equipment. The COVID-19 related death toll in the UK rose by 980 over the previous day to 8,958, the Department of Health and Social Care has said. The total number of confirmed cases in the UK stands at 73,758. (UNI)