Coronavirus: More than half a million people volunteer to help NHS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at a briefing in Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at a briefing in Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered a special thank you to the more than 500,000 volunteers that have offered to help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a news conference, Johnson said: "The volunteers will be driving medicines from pharmacies to patients, they'll be bringing patients home from hospital, [and] very importantly, they'll be making regular phone calls to check on and support people who are staying on their own at home". Prime Minister Boris Johnson said while addressing the issue in a press conference that the United Kingdom government is coping very well indeed under the most challenging possible circumstances and that they are massively ramping up testing.

Nearly 700,000 people have signed up to become NHS volunteers. "If you've not signed up and would like to, visit https://goodsamapp.org/NHS".

More than 500,000 volunteers have signed up to support the NHS in helping vulnerable people who have been told not to leave their homes during the coronavirus crisis, as the United Kingdom death toll hit 465. 'If it helps keep one person safe, it's worth it, ' he added.

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Hailing "the most extraordinary response", health service chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said it was wildly beyond the expectations of officials.

"I can't thank those enough who have pledged to devote their time to helping others at what is a challenging and uncertain time for you and your families".

Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick called NHS staff "absolute heroes ... working round the clock to support us as a country" and provided more detail on what the volunteers may be doing.

The volunteers will start serving as many as 1.5 million vulnerable people, who are to be protected from the virus.

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