The Queen Has Released A Statement During Coronavirus Pandemic
The 93-year-old has called on people from around the world to 'change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in'.
A message from Her Majesty The Queen.https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40 pic.twitter.com/HLHqRnZGIP
- The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 19, 2020
The statement, which was released earlier today (19 March), reads: "As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.
"We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
"At times such as these. I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal."
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The statement continued: "We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services, but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.
"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."
This news comes after it was announced yesterday that schools would close as of Friday across the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also added that May and June exams will be scrapped but he promised that pupils would get 'the qualifications they need and deserve for their academic career'.
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson CBE, was the first to announce the decision to close the schools.
Speaking at the House of Commons, he said: "After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice."
He added that children of 'key workers' - including NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers - will still be able to stay in school after Friday, as well as children who are particularly vulnerable. The latter category includes children who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
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