More than 500,000 volunteers to help Britain’s NHS cope with coronavirus outbreak

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first remote news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain on March 25, 2020.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first remote news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain on March 25, 2020. © Andrew Parsons/Pool via Reuters

More than half a million people volunteered to help the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) since Tuesday to cope with the coronavirus crisis after a government appeal for volunteers. 

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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", UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a news conference.

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

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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