Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that 19 NHS workers have died from Covid-19 in Britain.
“My heart goes out to their families, these are people who have put themselves on the frontline,” Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast.
“The work is going on to establish whether they caught coronavirus in the line of duty while at work or whether, like so many other people, caught it in the rest of their lives. It is obviously quite difficult to work that out. “What matters is we pay tribute to their service,” Hancock said.
The death toll in county’s hospitals has reached more than 9,000, with 980 more deaths reported yesterday.
Among those who have been infected is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering in hospital after spending three nights in intensive care.