The Queen tells the public to play their "vitally important part" in fighting coronavirus

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The Queen has made a statement telling members of the public that they each have a "vitally important part" in stopping further spreading of coronavirus. The monarch left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle a week early, after the government advised the over-70s to self-isolate.

In the statement, which was published via the royal family's official social media channels, the Queen acknowledged that the country was entering a period of "great concern and uncertainty", but that the country was "certainly up the challenge".

"We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them," wrote the Queen.

"At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal."

The royal also paid thanks to the scientists, medics, emergency and public services for their "expertise and commitment", but reiterated that the public also has their own responsibilities to fulfil. Her words come after Brits were urged to stay at home, avoiding pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas, and work from home where possible. The statement also serves as a timely to resist panic-buying as many have done, leaving very little for the most vulnerable people in society.

"Now, more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals in the coming days, weeks and months," said the Queen. "Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe."

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