Key workers are fighting coronavirus on the front lines. They must be protected

Covid secure workplaces, financial support and rapid vaccination are vital to keep society functioning

The news that NHS staff have administered 1.2m inoculations is a really positive moment in an otherwise devastating week for our country. There is immense pride among health workers able to protect the most vulnerable and witnessing at first-hand the enormous gratitude and relief of patients. This light is so important amid the darkness.

But in the past week over 230,000 cases have been recorded, including more than 60,000 in a single day, a new dismal high; 30,000 have been admitted to hospital. Almost 3,000 are fighting for their lives in ICU ventilation. Per capita the UK has more new cases than any other major country in the world. Our health service has been under-resourced and understaffed for years under the Tories. Now it is pushed to the limit.

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