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Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale works for Virgin and EasyJet staff

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The new NHS Nightingale temporary hospital is under construction at the ExCeL Center in London’s Docklands area

Thousands of airline staff members EasyJet and Virgin receive work in the new NHS night hospital.

Those who sign up will support nurses and senior doctors from the coronavirus field hospital in east London, the NHS said.

Virgin Atlantic said that the trusted staff who will be assisted will be paid through the government maintenance scheme.

NHS England said many airline staff are trained in emergency rooms and already have a security clearance.

The workers will change beds and perform other non-clinical tasks and help doctors and nurses working in the wards, the NHS said.

Virgin Atlantic said it had written to approximately 4,000 employees, while EasyJet said it had contacted 9,000 of its UK-based staff, half of whom trained in the emergency room, said the airline.

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Almost 6,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in London, according to government data

Travel restrictions and a collapse in demand due to the pandemic forced airlines to cancel most flights and temporarily cut staff.

Virgin Atlantic had to cut four fifths of its flights and asked staff to take eight weeks of unpaid leave.

Ryanair and EasyJet have landed most of their fleets, while the BA IAG owner has reduced capacity by 75%.

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NHS Nightingale will have the capacity for an additional 4,000 beds to meet the demand of the national health service

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Virgin Atlantic said that the flights were still operating to transport goods around the world

EasyJet’s Tina Milton said the cabin crew “could really make a difference”.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in London has grown far ahead of the rest of the UK, with the capital making up about a third of all virus-related deaths.

Last week, the government announced that it would transform the ExCeL Center into a temporary hospital to cope with the London surge.

The nearby London City Airport has stopped all commercial flights until further notice and the airport will be offered to the government “to help with the national effort” against the coronavirus.

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The Ministry of Defense helped create the new temporary hospital

Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May, England, said: “The NHS is mobilizing like never before, but the scale of this challenge has not been seen in peacetime, so we need all the support we need. we can get.

“Thousands of nurses, doctors and other experienced staff are returning to work alongside us, but we need everyone to do their part.”

Two more temporary hospitals will be built in Birmingham and Manchester and NHS England said other sites have been considered across the UK.

Hundreds of volunteers for St. John’s ambulance will also assist NHS Nightingale Hospital staff.

Virgin Atlantic said that staff who accept the offer will receive free board and lodging.

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