- More people are now in hospital with Covid than before the national lockdown, UK government advisers say.
- Nightingale hospitals were set up across the UK at the start of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.
- 40% of England’s Covid cases are in north-west England
“Covid updates: England hospitals ‘fuller than during March peak’ – says BBC News,” writes Head Topics
Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland & Harrogate have been asked “to mobilize” in the coming weeks, says NHS England’s medical director Steve Powis There will be regular testing for NHS staff in high-risk areas “even when they don’t have symptoms”.
PA MediaProf Steve Powis delivered some of the latest data on the virusImage caption: Prof Steve Powis delivered some of the latest data on the virus we’ve been hearing from the government’s scientific and medical advisers about the latest coronavirus data. Granted Mobilization
Three Nightingale hospitals in the north of England have been asked to get ready to accept patients in the next few weeks. Nightingale hospitals were set up across the UK at the start of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring, to be used in the event of the NHS being overwhelmed. Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland, and Harrogate have been asked to”mobilize“.
Rise in Cases
It’s “wishful thinking” that elderly people can somehow be “fenced off“ from the risk of the virus, NHS England’s medical director Prof Steve Powis said.
There are already steep rises in the number of over-65s – and particularly over-85s – being admitted to hospital.
North-West High in %
More people are now in hospital with Covid-19 than before the first batch of lockdown restrictions were introduced in MarchThe executive medical director of Manchester University’s Foundation Trust, Dr. Jane Eddleston, urged people to take the virus “extremely seriously“. She says nearly 40% of England’s Covid cases are in north-west England.
Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, made clear it’s not just a problem for the North. On the contrary, he said: “Pretty much all areas of the UK are now seeing growths in the infection rate.”
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Source: HEAD TOPICS