Bhasha Mukherjee, the doctor and beauty queen who won the Miss England competition last year, says that she recently paused her charity work overseas to return home and join other medical professionals on the frontlines in combatting the novel coronavirus.
Mukherjee told CNN in an interview published on Monday that she initially had plans for several months to do humanitarian work abroad this year.
“I was invited to Africa, to Turkey, then to India, Pakistan and several other Asian countries to be an ambassador for various charity work,” she told the news network.
But Mukherjee, who reportedly worked as a junior doctor up until she competed in the most recent Miss World competition, told CNN that she couldn’t go on with her charity work abroad as her home grappled with the COVID-19 outbreak.
“When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready… look pretty,” she said, adding: “I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work.”
“There’s no better time for me to be Miss England and helping England at a time of need,” she continued.
Mukherjee, who travelled back to the U.K. from India last week, said that she will be placing herself under self-quarantine for up to two weeks before returning back to work.
According to the latest John Hopkins University data, the United Kingdom has reported over 52,200 COVID-19 cases as of Monday. The country has also recorded over 5,300 deaths from the virus as well as more than 280 recoveries, the data shows.