UK to pay families of NHS and social care staff who die from coronavirus £60,000

United Kingdom will pay families of NHS and social care staff who die from coronavirus in the course of “essential frontline work” a sum of £60,000, According to reports.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock announced the new life assurance scheme for the families of frontline staff at Monday’s Downing Street press briefing.

According to him, 82 NHS workers and 16 social care staff have died so far.

“I feel a deep personal sense of duty that we must care for their loved ones,” Mr Hancock was quoted as saying by Evening Standard.

“Today, I am able to announce that the Government is setting up a life assurance scheme for NHS and social care frontline colleagues.

“Families of staff who die from coronavirus in the course of their essential frontline work will receive a £60,000 payment.

“Of course, nothing replaces the loss of a loved one but we want to do everything we can to support families who are dealing with this grief.”

This decision comes with the UK set to fall silent at 11am on Tuesday in tribute to key workers who have died during the pandemic.

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