Dr Nagpaul was speaking after a minute of silence held across the country to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day, with politicians, health and social care staff and members of the public paying respects to key workers who have passed away.
More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus, with total recorded deaths rising to 21,092.
Dr Nagpaul said: ‘The BMA extends our sincere condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones while working on the front line of the global pandemic.
‘Across the world, doctors are working under extreme strain to help those affected, often putting their own lives at risk. The bravery and compassion shown by all of these doctors, in some of the most harrowing circumstances, is an inspiration to us.’
Dr Nagpaul added: ‘We thank you, we support you, and we stand with you.’