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Medic fighting coronavirus crisis says ‘she can’t remember last time she didn’t cry on way to work’


A PARAMEDIC has said she cries every day on her way to work because she is “petrified” of coronavirus.

The frontline NHS worker posted a video online pleading with Brits to stay at at home, and said she was dismayed seeing people drinking at a local pub and ignoring social distancing rules.

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 Sophie-Louise Dennis, 31, said she cries every day going to work
Sophie-Louise Dennis, 31, said she cries every day going to workCredit: Facebook / Sophie-louise Dennis
 The frontline medic said she was distraught seeing people ignore social distancing rules
The frontline medic said she was distraught seeing people ignore social distancing rulesCredit: Facebook / Sophie-louise Dennis

Sophie-Louise Dennis, who works as an emergency care assistant for Kent Central Ambulance Service, said she “can’t remember the last time I drove to work without crying”, because she is “petrified” and “fearful” of coronavirus.

The ambulance worker, 31, urged Brits to stay at home, as she told of her anger at seeing a group of people drinking in a local pub garden.

The government has said people must stay at home, and should only go outside to buy food, for health reasons, or to go to work if they cannot work from home.

If outside, Brits have been told to stay two metres away from other people, and all gatherings with friends and family have been banned.

We’re fearful every day, absolutely petrified driving to work.

Sophie-Louise Dennis, emergency care assistant

In the video posted on Facebook, Ms Dennis said: “So me and my crew mate are driving up Tonbridge Road in Maidstone. Now all the pubs are shut, everybody should be inside, protecting themselves and their loved ones.

“Now we drive past a pub and witness people that have brought their own alcohol and are now sitting in a pub garden.

“Now there must be about 10 to 15 of them. What don’t you get about this virus?

“This virus is deadly.”

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The frontline worker said that she was risking her life to help people suffering from coronavirus.

She continued: “Now we’re fearful every day, absolutely petrified driving to work.

“I can’t remember the last time I drove to work without crying.

“Trying to support my crews and my patients in this time of crisis that we’re having. What don’t you understand?

“The more you keep going out the longer we’re going to be in lockdown and the worse it’s going to get.”

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Ms Dennis ended her video pleading with the public to stay at home: “What’s it going to take for you to understand how bad this is?

“Please stay in.”

Police have been given powers to enforce social distancing, and have the ability to fine people who do not follow the rules.

They can give on-the-spot fines of £60 to anyone leaving their home without a “reasonable excuse”, and to anyone in a gathering of more than two people.

Reasonable excuses include shopping for food or other essentials, exercise and travelling to and from work.

Some have continued to flout the rules, with Brockwell Park in London having to shut yesterday after 3,000 people descended on the green space at the weekend.

Lambeth Council said locals had ignored “clear instructions” and that the council would shut Brockwell Park “for the wider safety of the public”.

The latest figures show there are 55,242 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, and 6,159 have died.

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