More than 20,000 retired NHS staff have returned to help fight Coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2020

"The important thing is this is a moving target", Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said. "Just this evening I can tell you we have 20,000 NHS staff coming back to the colours".

The prime minister chose to contradict the "there is no such thing as society" endorsement of pure individualism from his Conservative predecessor Margaret Thatcher in the video message.

"This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months but it means that as a nation we have to be really, really responsible and keep doing what we are all doing until we are sure that we can gradually start lifting various interventions".

He also praised the 750,000 members of the public who have volunteered to help the country through the pandemic, as well as pharmacists for "not only dispensing vital medicines but also, very often, reassurance to the customers they interact with".

She said the nationwide restrictions would be reviewed every three weeks.

"We are going to do it, we are going to do it together".

News of the letter being sent to United Kingdom households comes just hours after the Department of Health confirmed that more than 1,000 people in the country have now died from the coronavirus.

Among those to have died with the virus is Amged El-Hawrani, a 55-year-old doctor and ear, nose and throat trainer at Queen's Hospital Burton.

He said teams are working "around the clock" to deliver equipment to frontline NHS staff - with 170 million masks, 42.8 million gloves and 2.3 million pairs of eye protectors delivered to 58,000 healthcare facilities so far.

"There are different projections as to how long the lockdown might last".

"I can't make an accurate prediction", Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, "but everyone does have to prepare for a significant period when these measures are still in place".

The prime minister is now self-isolating in his Westminster flat after testing positive for COVID-19.

More than 1,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United Kingdom as of 27 March, and more than 17,000 have tested positive for the virus, according to figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.

On Thursday, NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said the figure of former professionals who had volunteered to come back stood at more than 15,000.

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