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Queen Elizabeth II shares a special message amid coronavirus concerns. On Sunday, the 93-year-old monarch thanked the National Health Service staff and their continued efforts to fight the virus and help sick patients in a rare television speech. "I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as caregivers and those who perform important tasks, who selflessly continue their daily chores outside of the home to support us all," said Windsor Castle. "I am sure the nation will join me to assure you that what you do is valued and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times."
She continued to emphasize the importance of social distancing and encouraged everyone to maintain a sense of unity. "Together we will fight this disease and I want to assure you that if we stay united and determined, we will overcome it," she said. "I hope that in the coming years everyone can be proud of how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say that the British of this generation were as strong as everyone else. That the attributes of Self-discipline The pride in who we are is not part of our past, but defines our present and our future. "
Her Majesty The Queen speaks to Britain and the Commonwealth on a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/HjO1uiV1Tm
– The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 5, 2020
It is only the fifth time that the Queen has provided such an address in her 68-year reign. The other four times were in 1991 during the Gulf War, 1997 on the eve of Princess Diana's funeral, 2002 on the eve of her mother's funeral, and 2012 Diamond Anniversary. During the speech on Sunday, the Queen compared her request that everyone should stay at home to a program she attended during World War II. "It reminds me of the very first show I did with my sister in 1940," she said. "From here in Windsor, we as children have spoken to children who have been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Even today, many will feel a painful feeling of separation from their loved ones again. But now, how do we know deeply inside that it's the right thing to do. "
The Queen's address comes about two weeks after her son, Prince Charles, tested positive for COVID-19. He has been in quarantine for seven days and is currently recovering. On April 1, in a video announcement, he posted a health update saying, "After recently going through the process of contracting this corona virus, fortunately with relatively mild symptoms, I am now on the other side of the disease, but still no less a state of social distance and general isolation. "His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, tested negative for the virus. The queen – who last saw Charles on March 12 – and husband Prince Philip are both said to be in good health.
By April 5, there were over 47,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK and almost 5,000 deaths from the virus. The NHS has opened several provisional hospitals nationwide to treat patients in provisional intensive care units.