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Queen to hail health staff in TV address


The Queen

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauding NHS staff on Thursday evening

Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauding NHS staff on Thursday evening

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The Queen

The Queen is to address the nation tomorrow delivering a message about the coronavirus outbreak, Buckingham Palace has said.

Expectation has been growing regarding when the monarch would make a public statement about the unprecedented events that have seen the country go into lockdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The televised address will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

"The address was recorded at Windsor Castle."

In the message the Queen is likely to praise the efforts of health workers and all those who have been helping in the fight against Covid-19 and offer reassurance to the nation during this unsettling period.

The Prince of Wales offered his own message of hope to the country earlier this week when he recorded a video after coming out of isolation following a positive test for Covid-19.

Charles said in his words of support: "As a nation, we are faced by a profoundly challenging situation, which we are only too aware threatens the livelihoods, businesses and welfare of millions of our fellow citizens.

"None of us can say when this will end, but end it will. Until it does, let us all try and live with hope and, with faith in ourselves and each other, look forward to better times to come."

The Queen has been staying at Windsor Castle after moving there on March 19.

The palace has declined to comment on the health of the monarch, but its last update said the Queen remained in good health.

The monarch and her family have been conducting some of their royal duties by telephone or video-link, with Charles opening the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in East London remotely from his Scottish home.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said he is "feeling better" after suffering from coronavirus but will remain in self-isolation.

The Prime Minister urged the public to stick with social distancing and not be tempted to "hang out" in the warmer weather.

Mr Johnson said: "Although I'm feeling better and I've done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature. So, in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes." Mr Johnson urged people not to break social distancing rules as the weather warms up.

He said: "I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think that this is all going on for quite a long time and would rather be getting out there, particularly if you've got kids in the household, everybody may be getting a bit stir crazy, and there may be just a temptation to get out there... I just urge you not to do that."

Belfast Telegraph