UK Health Minister Matt Hancock reported 360 coronavirus deaths in British hospitals in the past 24 hours on Monday, bringing the country to 21,092 deaths from the new disease.
Hancock was accompanied by Chris Whitty, Chief Health Officer, who warned that “there is a lot” to overcome the current crisis. Whitty has confirmed that the death toll has exceeded 20,000, which the British authorities considered “good results”.
“We have managed to overcome the first climax of the epidemic,” said Whitty, warning that “there is still a long, long way to go.” Therefore, an exact number for likely deaths was avoided.
The UK government’s scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said on 17 March that “it would be a good result to keep staff costs below 20,000 if we hope to get there”.