March 25, 2020 / 5:36 PM / 2 months ago

UK's Johnson says 405,000 have volunteered to help health service

Banners showing support for NHS staff are displayed at Wythenshawe Hospital, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Manchester, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

“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.

“When we launched the appeal last night we hoped to get 250,000 volunteers over a few days, but I can tell you that in just 24 hours, 405,000 people have responded to the call.”

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison

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