British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that more than 400,000 people had volunteered to help the National Health Service (NHS) cope with the coronavirus crisis within 24 hours of a government appeal for volunteers.
"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable, so I would urge anyone who can to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder today".
"But I can tell you that in just 24 hours, 405,000 people have responded to the call".
"They will be absolutely crucial in the fight against this virus".
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: "We are truly amazed by the number of people who want to come and help us in the war against coronavirus".
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"There are four different ways that we can do our bit to help our NHS at this time through volunteering".
Hancock: Essential that we all pull together Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, urged people yesterday (Tuesday) to sign up to the scheme if they are well and able to do so safely.
"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".
250,000 NHS volunteers are needed to help workers in the health sector by delivering medicines, shopping and support "those who are shielded to protect their own health". "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".