More than 158,000 volunteer going to help United Kingdom fight Coronavirus pandemic

Nurses plead with PM to send supplies to treat coronavirus patients			
				 
   by Joel Taylor 
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The prime minister has said 405,000 people have volunteered for the NHS through the coronavirus crisis. As the United Kingdom death toll climbs to over 400, pressures on the NHS have increased.

"If you are well and able to do so safely, I would urge you to sign up today to help the most vulnerable people in our communities as an NHS volunteer responder".

He told the nation: "Our NHS, like any world-class health service, only has limited numbers of nurses and doctors".

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable, so I would urge anyone who can to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder today".

"When we launched the appeal last night, we hoped to get 250,000 volunteers over a few days".


Speaking to the BBC this morning, national medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, has said more than 170,000 volunteers have signed up overnight, since the scheme was announced.

Those who have signed up can help others by doing jobs such as driving patients to appointments or making regular phone calls to those in isolation.

Boris Johnson said at Wednesday's coronavirus press briefing in Downing Street: "That is already, in one day, as many volunteers as the population of Coventry".

"They will be absolutely crucial in the fight against this virus".

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