Coronavirus: the queen will address the country on Sunday following the epidemic

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Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London, while Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen has recorded a special program on the coronavirus epidemic to be broadcast on Sunday

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On Sunday, the Queen will speak to the nation about the coronavirus epidemic – only her fourth special address at a time of crisis during her 68-year reign.

Buckingham Palace has declared that the message, recorded at Windsor Castle, will be broadcast on television and radio at 8:00 p.m. BST.

The Queen records annual Christmas messages, but other addresses are rare.

This is due to the fact that the number of people who died with coronavirus in the UK increased by 684 in 24 hours, the latest figures show it.

The health ministry said that at 5:00 p.m. Paris time on April 2, the total number of deaths was now 3,605, compared to 2,921. There are 38,168 confirmed cases.

In Scotland, the number of deaths increased by 46, while in Wales, another 24 died. At NI, the number of people who died from coronavirus has increased by 12.

The Queen’s speech will be broadcast on television, radio and social media, Buckingham Palace said.

There have only been three occasions when the Queen broadcast speeches in troubled times: after the Queen Mother died in 2002; before Diana, the funeral of the Princess of Wales in 1997; and during the first Gulf War in 1991.

The Queen also delivered a television address to mark her diamond jubilee in 2012.

The 93-year-old monarch released a statement on the epidemic last month when the death toll in the UK was 144.

She said the UK “is entering a period of great concern and uncertainty” and praised the work of scientists, doctors and emergency personnel, saying that each has “a role of vital importance to play “.

The heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was seen for the first time in public on Friday after being diagnosed with coronavirus and spending seven days in solitary confinement.

He opened the first National Health Service emergency field hospital to treat coronavirus patients in the ExCel center in east London.

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Media captionPrince Charles opens the UK’s first emergency field hospital to treat patients with coronavirus.

The exhibit space – typically used for major events such as Crufts and Comic Con – was transformed into a hospital in just nine days.

The NHS Nightingale Temporary Hospital is capable of treating up to 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned for the United Kingdom, including Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced that he contracted the virus last Friday, said he would continue to isolate himself after continuing to show mild symptoms of the virus, including high temperature. .



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