Miss England 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee, has resumed her career as a doctor amid the coronavirus crisis. Ms Mukherjee, who was in India for a humanitarian trip, returned to the UK to continue her work as a doctor as coronavirus cases surged across the globe.
Born in Kolkata, Bhasha Mukherjee was crowned Miss England in August last year. She had initially decided to take a break from her medical career to focus on charity work after winning the crown - until the coronavirus
pandemic changed her decision.
"It wasn't a tough decision," the 24-year-old told Fox News on Tuesday. "I've been to Africa, Turkey, and India was the first of the Asian countries I was going to travel to. After India, I had several other countries that had to be cut short because of obviously the coronavirus
. I knew the best place for me would be back at the hospital."
According to CNN, Ms Mukherjee had been in India for four weeks when, in the beginning of March, the coronavirus
situation worsened in the UK and she began to receive messages from her former colleagues at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, eastern England, telling her how difficult the situation.
"I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work," she said to CNN, explaining that it felt wrong to wear the Miss England crown during a pandemic that has claimed lives and while her colleagues were working so hard.
"Two or three weeks ago I was hearing about these really long shifts and that my colleagues were covering various parts of the hospital and taking on responsibilities we didn't have before. I really wanted to join in the task force right away," she said.
Ms Mukherjee returned to the UK on Wednesday. She will be self-isolating for one to two weeks before returning to work at the Pilgrim Hospital.
UK on Tuesday reported a record 786 new COVID
-19 deaths in its daily update, following two days of falling figures. The country has recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus