250,000 volunteers reply in simply 24 hours to assist the NHS within the coronavirus disaster
Corona virus signage will be shown in March 2020 at an NHS hospital in England, UK.Reuters / Eddie Keogh
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers signed up in just 24 hours to give the NHS time to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
Within a single day, 250,000 people responded to a call for volunteers to help the UK healthcare community deliver food and medicine, drive patients to urgent appointments, and provide telephone support to isolated people.
The extraordinary response comes from the fact that a number of programs have been launched to reduce the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic on the NHS.
In addition to the 250,000 public volunteers, the NHS has recruited 11,000 retired medical professionals, all of whom responded to a call to return to health to help in the current health crisis.
More than 24,000 nurses and medical professionals in the past year will also take on different roles to help.
The news comes on Wednesday when it was reported that more than a quarter of the world's population is blocked in some way due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
This week, the entire Indian population, around 1.3 billion people, was completely blocked as the country tries to prevent the outbreak from escalating beyond manageable levels. The announcement of the ban has reportedly led to widespread panic buying in grocery stores.
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace reported that the future British King Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus. The 71-year-old had mild symptoms and is now self-isolating at home in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative for the virus.
On Tuesday, the British government announced that the NHS would begin treating coronavirus patients in a makeshift field hospital at the ExCeL Center in east London. However, there has also been an increasing demand to address the lack of personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses across the country. Critics criticized the government, saying that the lives of NHS employees and patients are at increased risk due to the lack of adequate safety equipment for front workers.