CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK today pushed past the 12,000 barrier after 778 more people lost their lives to the killer disease.
Positive Covid-19 cases also rose to 93,873 from 88,621 yesterday as Britain continues its fourth week of lockdown.
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The Department of Health today confirmed a total of 12,107 people have died from the bug in hospital – up 778 from yesterday.
Among the latest deaths is a 65-year-old nurse who contracted the disease while treating patients with just a paper mask, plastic gloves and a pinny.
Gareth Roberts, 65, had come out of retirement and was working extra shifts before he died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales last weekend.
At least 40 frontline NHS staff have died from Covid-19 in the UK.
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