More than 400000 have signed up to be NHS volunteers, says PM

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2020

More than 170,000 people have signed up to help Britain's National Health Service tackle the coronavirus outbreak just hours after a request for a quarter of a million volunteers, Reuters has reported.

"I also want to offer a special thank-you to everyone who has now volunteered to help the NHS", Johnson said during a news conference.

The volunteers are being asked to help the NHS support the 1.5 million people who have been recommended to self-isolate for three months because underlying health conditions put them at greater risk from the coronavirus.

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

Boris Johnson has praised the 405,000 people who have signed up to the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, which was launched yesterday.

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The National Medical Director of the NHS, Stephen Powis, said that he was "bowled over" by the hugely heartening response from selfless members of the public.

"There are four different ways that we can do our bit to help our NHS at this time through volunteering".

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.

"We can't forget our mental health at a time like this and even just being there on the phone to talk to someone and make sure they're doing alright at this hard time could have a massive impact on both of you".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that there would be a variety of jobs available, including parcel delivery and driving. "With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians, we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support they need".

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