Matt Hancock reveals deaths of 19 NHS workers amid PPE row

Health secretary pledges investigation, after telling staff not to overuse equipment

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has revealed 19 UK health workers have died after contracting coronavirus, amid further backlash over his request that NHS staff do not overuse protective equipment.

Hancock said on Saturday he was unaware of any link between the deaths and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) but an investigation would be carried out into the extent to which health workers caught the virus on the frontline.

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