Arctic Monkeys have joined the ‘Helping Our NHS’ movement and will auction off a jacket worn by Alex Turner in a bid to raise money for the much-depleted health service.
As the National Health Service battles valiantly to stem the rising deaths from coronavirus, multiple organisations around the country are attempting to raise funds to relieve the financial burden that is further amplifying the crisis.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 12th, more than 1,968,887cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 123,783 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.
In the UK alone, the sixth worse hit country in terms of confirmed cases of the virus, 12,107 have died and that figure continues to rise at an alarming rate. With only the United States, Italy, Spain and France with more confirmed fatalities than the UK, the current pandemic is only showing signs of worsening with a huge demand for ventilators overwhelming the NHS’ intensive care unit.
Now, in an effort to show their support, Arctic Monkeys are auctioning off the jacket Alex Turner wore during their headline performance at the 2007 edition of T In The Park. Raffle tickets are £5 and, of course, all proceeds are donated to the cause.
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