Nearly 100 frontline workers have died of COVID-19, now families to be given financial compensation

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Now families of NHS and social care staff to receive £60,000 if loved one dies of coronavirus

The families of NHS and social care staff who die of coronavirus in the course of their “essential frontline work” will receive a £60,000 payment, Matt Hancock has announced.

At the government’s daily coronavirus press conference, the health secretary revealed that of the 21,092 people who had died of coronavirus in UK hospitals, 82 were NHS colleagues and 16 worked in social care.

“I feel a deep personal sense of duty that we must care for their loved ones,” he said.

Mr Hancock, announcing the new “life assurance scheme”, admitted “nothing replaces the loss of a loved one” but said the government wanted to do “everything that we can” to support families dealing with bereavement.

Mr Hancock added that the Government was looking at other frontline professions who did not have access to a life assurance scheme.

He said: “As a Government, we are looking closely at other professions that work on the front line against coronavirus, who also do not have access to such schemes, to see where this may be required.”

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