Two Colorado front-line healthcare workers have stood in front of protest vehicles that called for what they see as unjust lockdown policies intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 to be ended.

Protests against US lockdown measures to the novel coronavirus escalated on Saturday, with many citizens across the country taking to the streets by foot or in cars.

In Colorado, where there has been over 9,000 cases of COVID-19, two healthcare workers decided to counter the protests by standing in the road in their hospital scrubs.

Chase Woodruff, a reporter at Denver Westword, posted photos of the workers, who told him they had been treating patients of the virus for weeks in a local Denver hospital.

Many of the lockdown protests have followed a similar pattern of people gathering in vehicles to block roads – bearing signs asking for the US government to re-open the economy and allow its citizens to work again.

For the majority of US states, lockdown measures have been extended to May, though President Donald Trump has suggested that plans to allow states to ease restrictions could be put in place soon.

A Colorado protester is pictured with a “land of the free” sign; in another video the same woman tells the counter protesters to “go back to China”. | Photo: ccroucher9, Twitter.

Donald Trump defended protesters demonstrating against lockdown measures in Sunday’s press conference, stating: “These are great people.”

“They’ve got cabin fever. They want to get back. They want their life back. Their life was taken away from them.” The US death toll is now at over 41,000.

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