Coronavirus news LIVE: Global death toll hits 10,000 as key worker list released – Covid19 latest

THE global death toll from coronavirus is now more than 10,000 while in the UK 144 people have died.

Academics from John Hopkins University say the number of confirmed cases across the world is fast approaching 250,000.

The US uni has been tracking data relating to the outbreak since late last year.

Italy, with its 60 million citizens, has now overtaken China to have the most deaths from the virus. It has recorded 3,405 deaths, exceeding the 3,248 in China, a country with a population more than 20 times larger.

In the UK, the government has released a list of the key workers whose children will be allowed back to school allowing their parents to continue to play a crucial role in Britain’s fight against coronavirus.

The working heroes include nurses, police officers and delivery drivers. Their children will be exempt from the decision to close classrooms from Monday to stop the spread of the deadly bug.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the NHS is set to receive 2.6 million masks and 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser as the death toll from the coronavirus reached 144.

It comes after Boris Johnson told the nation that we can “turn the tide” on the coronavirus in 12 weeks – as long as the public follows the government’s key measures.

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