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NHS won't be able to deal with it if Covid infection rates keep rising


The NHS will not be able to cope with spikes in coronavirus infection rates across the country, medical leaders have warned.

Dr. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents the 24 Medical Royal Colleges in the UK and Ireland, said people must adhere to strict restrictions or the NHS "may not be able to handle".

She told BBC Breakfast: "Given the recent dramatic increase in both the number of cases and hospital admissions, it is clear that we could soon be back where we were in April if we are not all extremely careful."

She revealed that the The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the past month has increased from a few hundred people a day to thousands.

Dr. Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, has warned the NHS call could return to April levels

She told BBC Breakfast: "Given the recent dramatic increase in both the number of cases and hospital admissions, it is clear that we could soon be back where we were in April if we are not all extremely careful."

She told BBC Breakfast: "Given the recent dramatic increase in both the number of cases and hospital admissions, it is clear that we could soon be back where we were in April if we are not all extremely careful."

She said: “Right now we have over 3,100 people hospitalized with coronavirus across the UK. In fact, 500 of them are in Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) beds, which is really worrying.

"A month ago we only had 60 people in ITU beds across the UK, so we are seeing a very worrying trend right now."

When asked about Covid-19 hotspots where cases are increasing, she added: “We have all heard on the news about the challenges facing the North East and North West of England.

& # 39; But there are other hotspots too. Many cities are now seeing serious problems.

“I'm based in the Midlands and we see problems in Birmingham, but we also see problems in Coventry, Nottingham and it works further south.

& # 39; We're also seeing some interesting patterns recurring in London. Yes, this is a problem that actually affects all four of the UK's nations. & # 39;

The UK recorded 14,162 more coronavirus cases yesterday, with the number of people testing positive for the disease each day doubling in 14 days.

Last Tuesday data, typically used to measure how much the UK outbreak has increased over the past week, is unreliable due to a catastrophic counting error at Public Health England.

She revealed that the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the past month has increased from a few hundred people a day to thousands.

She revealed that the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the past month has increased from a few hundred people a day to thousands.

She said: “Right now we have over 3,100 people with coronavirus hospitalized across the UK. In fact, 500 of them are in Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) beds, which is really worrying. & # 39;

She said: “Right now we have over 3,100 people with coronavirus hospitalized across the UK. In fact, 500 of them are in Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) beds, which is really worrying. & # 39;

This means that Wednesday September 23rd is the most recent point of reference – at that point there were only 6,178 cases.

Another 70 coronavirus deaths have been announced by health chiefs, bringing the country's total death toll to 42,515. That was a very slight decrease last Wednesday when 71 deaths were recorded. Death numbers were not affected by the counting error, so last week's numbers can still be used as a reference.

Ten million people in the north of England are reported to be hit by stricter lockdown restrictions as of Monday, including pubs and restaurants closings, to help control the number of coronavirus infections infected.

In a move that could spark outrage among leaders in the affected cities and a possible uprising among Tory MPs, Boris Johnson will ignore critics and introduce tier three restrictions – the highest level of a new alert system – in Covid-affected areas of the North impose.

Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle – three cities where infections have continued to rise despite local lockdowns – are all plunged into the third tier lockdown.

The hospitality industry is slated to close as part of the new measures, but shops, offices and schools will remain open, the newspaper said.

Ministers are still said to be debating plans for hairdressers and recreational facilities, while Mr Johnson is considering providing additional money for the Tier-Three restricted towns – including a possible "local vacation," reports the I.

The Prime Minister is reportedly set to make the announcement despite growing talk of rebellion among Tory MPs against current restrictions in England – particularly the 10 p.m. curfew.

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