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Miss England returns to work as a doctor as coronavirus outbreak worsens in UK

Miss England 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee, during the 69th Miss World annual final in December. Source: Getty Images

As the UK passes 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the current Miss England has decided to trade her crown for some scrubs and return back to work as a junior doctor.

The winner of last year's Miss England pageant has returned to the UK to resume her career as a doctor as the nation's coronavirus cases continue to rise. 

Bhasha Mukherjee, 24, took a break from her role as a junior doctor in an England hospital to undertake charity work around the world.

However, after hearing about the impact of the pandemic on her former colleagues, Ms Mukherjee said it felt wrong to be wearing a crown. 

"I felt a sense of this is what I'd got this degree for and what better time to be part of this particular sector than now," she told US media.

"It was incredible the way the whole world was celebrating all key workers, and I wanted to be one of those, and I knew I could help."

Born in Kolkata, India, Ms Mukherjee moved to England when she was nine years old.

After being crowned Miss England, she was invited back to India to represent local charities. She later received similar invitations from organisations in Turkey and Pakistan. 

"When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you're still expected to put the crown on, get ready... look pretty," she said.

"I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work."

The UK has recorded 51,608 cases of COVID-19 to date with a death toll of 5373.

Among those infected are Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was moved into an intensive care unit on Tuesday morning when his condition worsened some 10 days after his diagnosis. 

After her return from the US, Ms Mukherjee will have to self-isolate for up to two weeks before she returns to work as a junior doctor.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others and gatherings are limited to two people unless you are with your family or household.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don’t visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

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