Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to be keen to play their part in cheering up as the UK fights the deadly pandemic.
Speaking on the Royal Rota podcast, ITV News editor Chris Ship said the Cambridges were particularly moved by the risks health workers took when caring for patients with life-threatening illness.
“We now have four front line NHS workers who unfortunately died from the coronavirus,” he said.
“Nothing to do with Italy, where it’s something horrible like 60 or more.
“But it’s something I’m sure William and Kate will be extremely concerned about. “
The couple visited front-line workers at an NHS center in Croydon, south London, just before the UK was taken into custody on March 23.
Producer Lizzie Robinson explained how much she wanted to continue working in the midst of the crisis, even if the only safe way to do it was by phone.
On Wednesday, they called NHS workers from two hospitals to show their support.
They spoke to staff at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, where consultant Amged El-Hawrani died of Covid-19 aged just 55 last week, and staff at University Hospital Monklands in Scotland.
“They are very involved and try to play their part and continue to play a part, even if it has to be on the phone,” said Robinson.
“When we made this 111 visit to Croydon, the Duke of Cambridge explained to the CEO how, in the coming weeks, they would be playing this role virtually.
“They can now carry out missions almost from now on.
“We can see that they are trying to stay engaged and in touch even if it must be on the phone now. “
The couple’s grandmother, the Queen, is expected to make a rare personal address to the nation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess are currently staying in their Norfolk home with their three children.
During the phone call with Dr. El-Hawrani’s colleagues, Kate encouraged staff to make sure they continued to take care of themselves.
“You are tense in all kinds of ways taking care of the patients you care for in such extreme circumstances,” said the Duchess.
“But you also need to be able to make sure that you support each other. “
Dr. El-Hawrani is said to be the first frontline NHS worker to die in the fight against the coronavirus.
Posting a statement on Twitter after the call, the couple said, “The whole country is proud of you, so thank you for all you do and for all the hours you spend. “
Sometimes two nurses have also been confirmed to have lost their lives due to a coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Aimee O’Rourke died on April 2 at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she also worked.
The heroic NHS worker leaves behind three young girls, Megan, Mollie and Maddie.
Earlier in the day, Areema Nasreen, 36, also a mother of three, died in the intensive care unit at Manor Hospital in Walsall, West Midlands, where she worked.