Prince William urged the Britons to obey the health ministry’s rules amid the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. The royal visited on Friday a call centre in south London, where ambulance staff handle non-emergency «111» calls to the National Health Service (NHS).
Prince William and his wife thanked the medical staff for their heroic work amid the novel virus outbreak and called on the public to heed government advice on how to minimize the spread of COVID-19. During the royal visit to the call center in Croydon, Cambridges have hailed health workers battling the epidemic.
Everyone had a part to play, said Queen’s eldest grandson who was impressed with the non-stop work of the NHS staff. The 37-year-old father-of-three said: «The last few weeks, and more recent days, have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus.»
Prince William also added he wanted to pass on the thanks of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and his father, Prince Charles.
«But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society — people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good,» the royal said.
Britain’s health service has been coming under pressure to deal with the outbreak.
Commenting on the latest restrictions and forced social distancing, Prince William has criticized those Britons who have ignored government messages of avoiding social gatherings. Such a behaviour pose a threat and doesn’t us ‘protect the most vulnerable’. The royal asked to avoid non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the 93-year-old queen said the royal family would play its part in dealing dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak, the most powerful in the history of kingdom.
«Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge,» Queen said in a address to the nation amid coronavirus crisis.
The monarch said people can be assured that the royal family and Queen herself stand ready «to play our part».