THE number of people who have died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has passed 10,000.

The Department of Health said as of 9am, 84,279 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

Some 19,945 have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. Of those, 10,612 have died.

That means around half of all patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms have died.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Today marks a sombre day in the impact of this disease as we join the list of countries who have seen more than 10,000 deaths related to coronavirus.

"The fact that over 10,000 people have now lost their lives to this invisible killer demonstrates just how serious this coronavirus is and why the national effort that everyone is engaged in is so important."

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