Coronavirus: Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee returns to work as doctor

Cheryl Sanders
April 8, 2020

Miss England 2019 Bhasha Mukherjee has resumed work her career as a doctor amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, Mukherjee took a break from her medical profession to work for various charities overseas as part of her humanitarian effort.

Mukherjee told CNN that she was in India on behalf of Coventry Mercia Lions Club, a charity for which she is an ambassador, when her colleagues at the the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, England, began messaging her about the difficulties frontline workers had been experiencing amid the health crisis.

As the COVID-19 situation worsened in the UK, Mukherjee was getting messages from former colleagues telling her how hard the situation was for them.

Mukherjee returned to England on Wednesday and is now in self-isolation as recommended by health officials until she can return to work, according to CNN. She had initially chose to take a break from her medical career to focus on charity work after winning the crown - until the coronavirus pandemic changed her decision.

Mukherjee, 24, is self-isolating for 14 days after the British High Commission in Kolkata helped her to return to London.

Mukherjee said it felt wrong to her to keep wearing the crown while her countrymen were dying due to the pandemic. "I wanted to come and go straight to work", she said.

To honour their cries, she contacted the hospital's management to express her willingness to return to work.

"There's no better time for me to be Miss England and helping England at a time of need", she said.

She has now self isolated herself and will do so for a week or two until she is sure of her fitness and can return to the work front.

She holds a degree in medical sciences and another one in medicine and surgery from the University of Nottingham.

As of Monday, the United Kingdom had recorded more than 48,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and almost 5,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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