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Tom Hardy pays tribute to “brilliant” NHS work during the coronavirus pandemic


Actor Tom Hardy has taken to social media to heap praise on the NHS during current coronavirus pandemic.

Health care workers have been working around the clock as the virus continues to aggressively spread across the UK with confirmed cases and the death toll rising with every passing day.

For the NHS, which has suffered severe funding cuts and the enforcement of longer working hours for years, hospitals are now dangerously overcrowded with a worrying lack of coronavirus testing kits being made available for staff who are working on the frontline.

Now, shortly after the general public took to the streets to applaud their efforts, Hardy has taken to Instagram to pay his own tribute: “Thank you to all of you taking unprecedented risk daily to take care of us. Thank you for your selfless care and tireless hard work on the frontline in this particularly difficult, risk full, deeply pressured and unprecedented time,” the actor said. “Serving us daily so many of us, tirelessly underfunded, under pressure and deeply saddened to hear without the proper equipment you need.”

He continued: “All the services from Ambulance to Police to Fire. Military to Carers. Health care Volunteers and all support nationally. Thank you all. Thank you NHS. You are wonderful. I feel and I am not alone that we are incredibly lucky to have you. You are wonderful. And I am grateful for your service. Thank you.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 28th, more than 614,052 cases 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 28,234 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.

See Hardy’s post, below.