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'Real Pressure is Saving Lives' - Williamson's Open Letter to Medical Staff Fighting Coronavirus

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson penned an open letter to medical staff in the country, thanking them for leading the fight against COVID-19.

Cricketnext Staff |March 26, 2020, 11:46 AM IST
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson spoke to the media. (Pic: AP)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson penned an open letter to medical staff in the country, thanking them for leading the fight against COVID-19.

Addressing the letter to doctors, nurses and caregivers, Williamson said he was 'grateful' for their services and added that saving lives was 'real pressure'.

New Zealand is currently in lockdown to fight the spread of the virus. The country has seen 283 cases of coronavirus, including 73 confirmed and five probable cases on Thursday.

Williamson's letter, as reported in New Zealand Herald:

"Dear doctors, nurses and caregivers,

Events of the past few days have made it clear we're living through a health crisis the likes of which we've never seen.

There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we're facing will seem overwhelming.

We're so grateful you have our backs.

People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games.

Real pressure is working to save lives. Real pressure is going into work each day while putting your own personal safety on the line for the good of others.

Every day over the next weeks and months you and your colleagues will be asked to do that.

It's an enormous responsibility that can only be carried out by the best kind of people: those who put the greater good ahead of all else.

As Blackcaps, we know how amazing it feels to have the support of a country behind you.

In that same vein, we need you to know you're not alone. We want you to know that there's a whole country behind you.

We will get through this and you are a big reason why."

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