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Health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed the deaths of 15 social care workers due to coronavirus in the UK.
Speaking in the Commons, Hancock paid tribute to the care workers who have lost their lives.
It comes amid reports care homes are running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) to shield themselves from the virus.
Earlier, first secretary of state Dominic Raab confirmed 69 NHS workers had also died due to the disease – meaning that 84 NHS and social care staff have died.
“Fifteen social care staff have sadly lost their lives and, in the same way we pay tribute to and we remember all those NHS staff who have died, so too we do [those] who serve our country and look after people in social care,” Hancock said on Wednesday.