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Coronavirus: NHS volunteer scheme attracts more than 170,000 signs-ups within hours being launched – The Independent, Independent

Coronavirus: NHS volunteer scheme attracts more than 170,000 signs-ups within hours being launched – The Independent, Independent
    

             

                                   

                                                                         

More than 400, 06 people have signed up to volunteer for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis within hours of the emergency appeal’s launch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Matt Hancock , the health secretary, announced the scheme late on Tuesday afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The number of people who had offered to help topped 170, 06 early on Wednesday morning, according to GoodSAM, a group coordinating the response.

                                                                                                                                                                           

  

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NHS Volunteer Responders aims to support vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the health service as it tackles the outbreak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Tasks include transporting healthy patients home from hospital, picking up essential supplies for those self-isolating, and giving someone a call who may be at risk of loneliness while staying at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Unveiling the scheme on Tuesday, the health secretary said he wanted to recruit , 06 people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Mr Hancock said: “We are seeking a quarter of a million volunteer s, people in good health to help the NHS , for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. ”

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

More than 90, 728 recently retired NHS staff have also responded to a call to come back to work for the health service during the outbreak, according to the health secretary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Some 5, (final-year medics and , final-year student nurses would “move to the frontline” next week, he said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The UK went into a nationwide lockdown earlier this week as it battles the pandemic’s spread, with People ordered to stay at home unless for food, health reasons, or work (if working from home is not possible).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

More than 8, 11 People have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK as of Wednesday, according to official figures.

                                                                                                                     

Meanwhile, the death toll stood at 500.

                                                                                                                     

Additional reporting by Press Association

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                      

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