Beyonce warns ‘coronavirus is killing black people’ during One World event

Beyonce made a surprise appearance during the One World: Together At Home event last night, armed with a powerful message about African-Americans being at risk of coronavirus. 

The Halo singer filmed a video message for the star-studded concert on Saturday (18 April), which was curated by Lady Gaga, Global Citizen and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread positivity amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Standing in the garden of her Los Angeles, California mansion, Beyonce addressed the alarming and disproportionate numbers of black people dying from Covid-19 compared to other races. 

‘Tonight we celebrate true heroes,’ Beyonce began her minute-long message. 

‘Those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed and healthy. To the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are away from their families to take care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety.’ 

‘To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation employees, who are working so we can be safe in our homes, we thank you for your selfless service.’ 

Beyonce wasn’t the only one in her family making an appearance this weekend – her eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy recorded a PSA demonstrating how soap battles germs. 

During the adorable video, one of Beyonce and Jay Z’s two-year-old twins Rumi and Sir can be heard crying in the background as Blue says: ‘Hey y’all! Since we’re stuck at home, I have this DIY experiment that you can try too. This is why it’s important to wash your hands.’ 

She then dips her fingers into a jar of soap before placing it into a bowl of pepper to show how the ‘germs’ are easily combated. 

At the end of the video, Blue encourages: ‘If you wash your hands, your hands will stay clean, but if you keep your hands dirty, you might get sick. 

‘So peace out, I hope you guys are staying safe. Wash your hands extra and please stay at home. Love y’all.’ 

As of Sunday (19 April), Covid-19 has claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people in the UK with over 114,000 cases confirmed across the country. 

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