WW2 D-Day legend, 94, warns UK facing ‘war years’ in fight against ‘evil’ coronavirus

Harry Billinge told BBC News’ Tim Muffett that the current situation in the United Kingdom was similar to the war years. The 94-year old received an MBE earlier this month as recognition for his fundraising work. 

Mr Muffett said: “You have faced many enemies in your time, how do you rate coronavirus as an enemy?”

Harry replied: “When there is evil it is a very good thing to draw people together to realise that we don’t just live for ourselves but for other people.

“That is what I have tried to do all my life.

“Kids are going out with banners saying if you’re in isolation and need help we will collect your shopping.

“So everybody has been marvellous really, rallying around.

“It is like the war years.

“Everybody mucked in which is great.”

The D-Day veteran added: “Keep going and remember the good days.

“Remember you have got a lot to be thankful for.”

At the time of writing Britain has the 8th highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has more than 19,500 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently 1,228. 

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A total of 135 people have recovered from the coronavirus within the United Kingdom.

Worldwide there have been more than 720,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached more than 34,000 at the time of writing.

More than 150,000 people have recovered from the virus across the globe.

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