The nation is expected to observe a minute’s silence in tribute to key workers who have died with coronavirus.

The tribute is due to start at 11am on Tuesday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, expected to participate.

According to figures revealed by health secretary Matt Hancock on Monday, 21,092 people have died of the coronavirus pandemic, of which 82 were NHS colleagues and 16 worked in social care.

The overall UK deaths figure does not include people who died in the community – for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.

The PM’s official spokesperson said: “We will be supporting the minute’s silence.

“We will be asking everybody who works in the Government to take part and we hope that others will take part nationwide as well.”

NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said: “This is an opportunity for us all to pay tribute to doctors, nurses, cleaners and many other NHS staff who have died in this pandemic.

“I hope the whole nation will fall silent in tribute and show how much their contribution is remembered and appreciated.”

Chief nursing officer Ruth May added: “Every death is a tragedy but we feel the loss of fellow health and care workers particularly keenly.”

Tuesday’s silence will coincide with international Worker’ Memorial Day.