UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock issues call for 250,000 NHS volunteers
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock./AFP

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock./AFP

Health Secretary of United Kingdom Matt Hancock says they are looking for 250,000 "NHS volunteers" to help national health service employees with "shopping, delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded"

The Health Secretary spoke Tuesday evening during a press conference, the first virtual conference – with journalists posing questions via video link.

Hancock also said that a new hospital is to be established in the ExCeL centre, an exhibition centre in east London and will consist of two wards and hold up to 4,000 patients.

In response to the UK's call for retired medics to return to the NHS, Hancock saiid more than 11,500 have come forward, including 2,660 doctors and 6,147 nurses. He also said that more than 18,000 medical students will also join the NHS workforce.

Hancock revealed that the government has bought 3.5 million antibody tests, that will be able to tell people whether they have had the virus.

"Those will come online very soon," he said.

Hancock also said that a new testing facility had been opened in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.

Source: BBC