Chief nurse Ruth May pleads with Britons to stay at home this Easter weekend to save thousands of lives as she blasts ‘enormously frustrating’ covidiots
- Ruth May begged the nation to stick to the lockdown rules during daily briefing
- She also paid tribute to frontline staff who had died after contracting Covid-19
- It comes after UK recorded its highest single-day death toll with 980 fatalities
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Britain’s chief nurse has pleaded with the country to stay at home over the Easter weekend in order to save thousands of lives.
Ruth May begged the nation to stick to the coronavirus lockdown rules as she spoke at the daily Downing Street briefing earlier today.
It comes after the UK recorded its highest single-day death toll with 980 fatalities – with the latest figures now showing 70,783 confirmed cases with a total of 8,958 deaths.
Ruth May (pictured) begged the nation to stick to the coronavirus lockdown rules as she spoke at the daily Downing Street briefing earlier today
Ms May began by speaking about seeing a group gathering on her way to Friday’s briefing.
She said: ‘I was only on the way here, going over Westminster Bridge, seeing a whole hoard of cyclists coming together.
‘It is enormously frustrating.
‘The reason that is frustrating is because there’s also still occasions where my colleagues are getting abuse from their neighbours for driving off to work.’
Ms May referred to Sam, a nurse at a mental health organisation in the east of England, who had received ‘grief from her neighbours’ for travelling to work.
She added: ‘Our nurses, our healthcare staff, need to be able to get to work, it’s right and proper they do, but my ask of everybody, please stay at home, save lives and protect my staff.’
The chief nursing officer paid tribute to the frontline staff who had died after contracting Covid-19 and said the NHS ‘feel their loss deeply’.
Ms May began by speaking about seeing a group gathering on Westminster Bridge on her way to Friday’s briefing
She said: ‘You may have seen some TV coverage this week about what’s happening in our hospitals.
‘Dedicated, skilled, professional NHS staff calmly dealing with the mounting numbers of patients with coronavirus.
‘They are frank about the toll it takes, both physical and emotional.
‘And of course nurses, healthcare assistants, midwives, and other NHS staff are now among the victims of this coronavirus.
‘Some have lost their lives.
‘The NHS is a family and we feel their loss deeply.’