New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, in an open letter, has lauded his country’s doctors and healthcare workers for the efforts they are putting while battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of now, the confirmed cases of positive coronavirus stand at 283 in New Zealand, and fortunately, the island nation hasn’t reported a single death. Writing in New Zealand Herald, the Kiwi skipper thanked the doctors, nurses as well as the caregivers for their efforts by saying that the entire country is grateful for the fact that ‘you have our backs’.

"Events of the past few days have made it clear we're living through a health crisis the likes of which we've never seen. There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we're facing will seem overwhelming," he wrote.

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"We're so grateful you have our backs. People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games," he noted.

Williamson also wrote that the country is firmly standing by them in this crisis.

“It’s an enormous responsibility that can only be carried out by the best kind of people: those who put the greater good ahead of all else. As Black Caps, we know how amazing it feels to have the support of a country behind you.

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“In that same vein, we need you to know you’re not alone. We want you to know that there’s a whole country behind you. We will get through this and you are a big reason why,” he concluded.

On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern declared a state of national emergency in the country to avoid the spread of novel coronavirus.

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