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

Henrietta Brewer
March 28, 2020

Mr Johnson - who has tested positive for coronavirus himself - has said the volunteers would be "absolutely crucial" in fighting the infection, which has killed 759 people in Britain so far.

Britain had on Tuesday issued a call for 250,000 volunteers to sign up to help the NHS and vulnerable people hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Nearly 700,000 people have signed up to become NHS volunteers.

The mass sign-up follows Health Secretary Matt Hancock's request for people to help those isolating for 12 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. "We know that some students have already been volunteering and we are incredibly proud of them for this", added the spokesperson.

"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".

Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home. "Very importantly, they'll be making regular phone calls to check on and support people who are staying on their own at home".

The NHS and also Prime Minister Boris Johnson have actually now said thanks to those that have actually provided to aid several of one of the most susceptible individuals in the neighborhood.

One volunteer, Ainsley Hinchcliffe, told The Guardian that she felt it was her duty to give back to the NHS because of the help she received in beating cancer twice.

"We've been overwhelmed with the number of people who have stepped forward and volunteered to be part of the NHS Volunteer Responders but we are also not surprised - Royal Voluntary Service witnessed a similar response during the outbreak of WW2 when a million women came forward to help those most in need".

Volunteers over the age of 18 are being asked to sign up online, and must show no signs of the symptoms - including a dry cough and a high fever - and must pass a DBS check.

The Royal Voluntary Service has been contacted by MailOnline today for more information on the latest wait times for people wanting to get involved.

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