Coronavirus: more than 10,000 deaths as senior adviser says UK may be worst hit in Europe

10,612 people have now died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus. The figure does not include people who have died in care homes or in the community. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock called it a “sombre day”. One of the government’s senior scientific advisers said the UK is likely to become the worst-affected country in Europe. Sir James Farrar said the UK had lessons to learn from countries like Germany, which had tested and isolated infected people on a mass scale. There has also been more criticism of the government for failing to provide enough protective clothing to frontline workers. Meanwhile Boris Johnson has thanked NHS after being discharged from hospital. Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Science Editor David Shukman and Political Correspondent Ben Wright.

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