UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks and takes questions during a press conference in Downing Street regarding the coronavirus outbreak, on March 9, 2020. in London, England.
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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that 405,000 volunteers had signed up to help the National Health Service (NHS) cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
It follows an appeal announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday for 250,000 people “in good health” to help the NHS deal with the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
“When we launched the appeal we hoped to get 250,000 volunteers,” Johnson said at a daily press conference on the coronavirus. “In just 24 hours 405,000 people have responded to the call.”
The death toll of the coronavirus in Britain now stands at 422, according to the country’s health department, while a total of 8,077 have tested positive for the disease.
Like many other countries, Britain has enforced a nationwide lockdown.