Ruth May urged Brits not to flout the coronavirus lockdown measures this weekend as the country’s death toll rose to 980 today.
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Ms May said it was “personally frustrating” as a nurse to see people flouting the strict lockdown rules and socialising in large groups today as pictures emerged of people in parks and visiting beaches.
She added: “It's enormously frustrating, there's also still occasions where my colleagues are getting abuse from their neighbours for driving off to work.
“Our nurses need to be able to get to work, but I ask of everyone please stay at home, save lives and protect my staff.”
Ms May also paid tribute to NHS frontline staff who have died from contracting the killer bug.
She told No10’s daily briefing: "Of course nurses, healthcare assistants, midwives, and other NHS staff are now among the victims of this coronavirus. Some have lost their lives.
"The NHS is a family and we feel their loss deeply."
At the same press conference, Matt Hancock told Brits that we owe it to the NHS to stay at home over the Easter weekend.
The Health Secretary urged the public not to flock to the coast and countryside as medics are “battling day and night to keep desperately sick people breathing”.
Mr Hancock said that fighting coronavirus was a “national effort” where “every person can play their part.”
"This is the time of the year when people come together, but however warm weather we need everyone to stay at home", he said.
“In hospitals NHS staff are battling day and night to keep desperately sick people breathing. They need you to stay at home.”
Mr Hancock also added that “the best way to protect yourself is to stay at home because a front door is better than any face mask.”