Message of Thanks from the Lord Provost and Council Leader

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As people across the UK applaud tonight in tribute to NHS staff and those key workers dealing with Cornonavirus (COVID-19), Dundeeβ€˜s Lord Provost and Council Leader have given their personal thanks to everyone working to deal with this pandemic.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: β€œCoronavirus has changed lives all over the world, stretching our communities like never before, and it will take all our strength and resilience to get through these unprecedented times. But we will get through it.

β€œOn behalf of the city, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and I would also pass on my best wishes to all those affected by this virus.

β€œTonight, I like many people across the city will join the nationwide applause to thank those working incredibly hard under difficult circumstances.

β€œNot only in Dundee, but up and down the country everyone from doctors, nurses and carers to refuse collectors, school staff and cleaners, and a huge range of other essential public and private sector workers, are all carrying out hugely important roles and I wish to thank them all.

β€œEveryone must be united in fighting this virus. If you are not an essential worker or have health reasons to stay at home, by simply staying indoors and following government advice, you are playing your part.”

Council Leader John Alexander added: β€œMy family and I will be joining thousands of people up and down the country applauding in tribute and thanks to all those playing their part in the fight against COVID-19.

β€œAcross the city it has been amazing to see how we are all pulling together. I would like to thank our doctors, nurses and other NHS colleagues for the fantastic work they are doing.

β€œThey have been joined by an army of volunteers in the city who have selflessly offered to provide vital support. Thank you to everyone who is volunteering and giving their time to support the citizens of Dundee.

β€œWe all have a part to play and it has been incredibly heartening to see people come together for the greater good.

β€œAcross the council, many of our staff have been deployed into different roles and we’ve seen them carrying out key functions - working in care homes, delivering meals, and looking after young people.

β€œWe are continuing to empty the bins, lifeline benefits and business supports are still being paid, homeless people are still being supported and care is continuing to be delivered to some of our most vulnerable citizens – to give just a few examples of the key work that is going on.

β€œMany people have been in touch offer their thanks to our dedicated workforce and I would like to share one of many messages received:

β€œI just wish to say a big thank you to all workers trying to keep our city up and running and in touch with latest developments. I really appreciate it all and hope you all stay safe and well. Thank you!”

β€œI would like to say a final thank you to everybody who is working in the city, whether that is the front line or in their own homes.

β€œThey have been doing amazing public service and I want to thank them for their dedication and commitment.”

Ends.

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