EXPERIENCED doctors chastised the huge crowd that gathered to cheer for Westminster Bridge last night – as the cops stood up and watched.
Dozens gathered to show support for frontline workers in the midst of the pandemic, but ignored the strict distance rules and stood within two yards of each other cheering.
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A stunned doctor at St Thomas Hospital filmed the crowded scene and wrote, “I am a doctor working at the hospital right there. And yes, I was also somewhat perplexed by the lack of social distancing … “
Dr. Damir Rafi told the Metro, “Although people may have wanted to go out to show support for the health workers, cheering them on while in the crowd probably did more harm than good.
“As a doctor, I see that things seem to be improving with regard to the condition of the rooms and the number of admissions. This is all due to social isolation.
“Even though it’s difficult for everyone, it works. I fear that people will become lax over time, so I would strongly encourage them to maintain it so that progress can be sustained. “
The bridge was crowded last night with well-meaning families, young children and rescuers – but many were unable to socially distance themselves as they packed their bags in front of the hospital.
Every Thursday at 8 p.m. since Britain was locked out, the nation has cheered through the windows and at their doors to thank the front line workers.
Doctors said weekly applause gave them a boost during grueling shifts, but last night those gathered on deck were criticized for potentially creating more cases for staff.
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A furious nurse wrote under the video: “It’s really very maddening !!!! I’m a nurse and this scene made me sick !!!
“It is more appreciated if social distancing was practiced here than the applause itself!
“Expect more weeks of torture, more victims because of this !!! “
Another said, “It was a pointless exercise that made a mockery of the measures put in place.
“A public rally on Westminster Bridge, ignoring social distance, to applaud the people who could end up treating them if they spread the virus among this crowd. “
Others criticized the crowd for blocking the road – one of the main routes to the busy hospital – and criticized the officers who were seen patrolling the parks to make sure people respected restriction rules.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, “Officers and other emergency workers gathered last night on Westminster Bridge to celebrate the work of all key workers.
“A large number of members of the public also gathered to express their gratitude.
“Although many people have signed up to the social distance guidelines, it appears that some have not. We regularly remind our officers of the importance of social distance when possible, and we will continue to do so. “
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK yesterday has risen to 13,729 today, after an additional 861 hospital deaths.
According to the Department of Health, 103,093 people tested positive for the deadly virus – up 4,617 from Wednesday.
The long holiday weekend has been blamed for the rise in daily coronavirus deaths.
But experts said the slight increase was expected and was likely due to the fact that hospitals had cleared the backlog of Easter.
This comes as Britain should be locked out for at least three more weeks until it passes five key tests, Dominic Raab announced yesterday.
The Foreign Minister’s checks include making sure the NHS is not overwhelmed by coronavirus victims and seeing a steady reduction in deaths.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries tweeted: “There is only one way to” break out “of complete lockdown: that is when we have a vaccine. Until then, we must find ways to adapt society and strike a balance between the health of the nation and our economy.
“The introduction of a relaxation / bondage strategy ultimately leads to a complete exit.”
Among the latest deaths, nurse Mary Agyapong, 28, died of coronavirus five days after the baby was born.
It is understood that the doctors performed an emergency caesarean on the doctor shortly after his admission to the hospital last week – after losing his father to Covid-19 a few days earlier.
Mary joins more than 40 NHS heroes who sacrificed their lives to care for patients during the crisis.
It happens when the hero of the war, Captain Tom Moore, made 100 rounds of his garden yesterday, raising more than £ 13 million for the NHS.
The 99-year-old World War II veteran made the final rounds of his Zimmer frame – and insisted that it continue as long as people continue to donate money.
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This comes when Britain could remain stuck until June, as fears of lifting the drastic measures too quickly could lead to a second wave of the pandemic.
Ministers believe that postponing the lock to May or even June would be the right decision.
Others believe that keeping it closed for too long risks a complete economic collapse.
Plans are underway to reopen some primary and nursery schools next month – schools outside London and Birmingham are expected to be the first to open after the closure is lifted.
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