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NHS worker spending 12-hour shifts on the frontline is 'disgusted' after seeing people gather on busy beach

AN NHS worker who spends 12-hour shifts on the coronavirus frontline said she was "disgusted" after seeing people gather on a busy beach.

The woman spotted some groups of friends eating and drinking together on Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, yesterday – which is against lockdown restrictions.

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She said the scenes were "non acceptable" as the country continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The current Covid-19 rules in England do not allow people to have a picnic in a public space or meet someone from a different household.

There are some exceptions, such as people who have formed a support bubble or those who exercise outdoors with just one person from another household.

However, the scenes the NHS worker saw did not seem to fall in any of those categories.

The woman told Cornwall Live: "I work on the frontline in the NHS and scenes like this disgust me.

'UPSETTING AND FRUSTRATING'

"Scenes like this today are upsetting and frustrating when you are working 12-hour shifts on the front line to save innocent people's lives from Covid-19."

She noticed that most people were not adhering to social distancing rules or wearing face masks and added: "This is not going to end with people acting like this."

Because of the warm weather, parks and beaches around the country have been busy with people heading out to enjoy the sun this weekend.

Friends sat along Camden Lock in London to chat this morning, while in Newcastle, thousands of people walked along the quayside in the sunshine.

A group of Covidiots were handed fines last night outside Buckingham Palace after driving from the Midlands to London.



Across the country, police have set up Covid checkpoints to catch lockdown flouters.

Officers are pulling over motorists heading to Barry in South Wales to find out whether their journey is essential.

Meanwhile, community support officers and Covid marshals are out in Brighton trying to break up groups of people sitting on the beach.

It comes despite health officials warning people that the fight with Covid-19 is not over yet and everyone needs to continue following the stay at home order.

This week, England's deputy chief medical officer told people "don't wreck this now" as he warned there were "some worrying signs that people are relaxing" in the coronavirus battle at "exactly the wrong time."

 

Jonathan Van-Tam also alerted people who have already been vaccinated to the dangers of "taking their foot off the brake" and being tempted to break Covid rules.

He told a Downing Street briefing on Friday, before the warmest weekend of the year: "All the patients that I vaccinate… I say to them, 'Remember, all the rules still apply to you and all of us until we're in a much safer place'.

"It doesn't change because you've had your first dose of vaccine.

"And so, please don't be tempted to think, 'Well, one home visit might be all right now the weather is getting better, going to be a nice weekend, one small gathering in your house won't really matter'.

"So my key message tonight is look, this is all going very well but there are some worrying signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off the brake at exactly the wrong time."

According to the latest data, there have been 6,035 more Covid-19 infections – bringing the total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began to 4,176,554.

Today's daily death toll, 144, brought the total number of victims to 122,849.

It is lower than yesterday's total of 290 as the figure continues to drop.

 

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