A string of non permanent “Nightingale” hospitals have been constructed throughout the UK in convention centres and stadia earlier this 12 months as Covid-19 swept throughout the nation.
Named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and constructed by the army, many weren’t wanted on the time.
But they have been placed on standby final month and three hospitals within the worst-hit areas of northwest England — which accounts for 40 % of all new circumstances — and the northeast have now been instructed to get able to obtain sufferers.
“We have requested the Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate to organize for this subsequent part,” stated Stephen Powis, nationwide medical director for the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in England.
Testing for hospital employees can also be being stepped up in high-risk areas to attempt to cease the unfold of a virus that has killed nearly 43,000 folks within the UK — the best toll in Europe.
Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, warned that though northern England was worst hit, rising an infection charges have been a “nationwide phenomenon”.
Equally, well being officers warn that whereas many circumstances are amongst younger folks, an infection charges are growing for older age teams, who’re extra susceptible to hospitalisation.
Almost 13,000 new circumstances have been reported on Sunday, with 65 additional deaths.
And there are actually extra sufferers in hospital in England with Covid-19 than when a nationwide lockdown was ordered in late March.
The UK-wide lockdown was lifted in June however England, whose well being coverage is managed by the UK authorities, and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all imposed powerful restrictions.
They embrace blanket restrictions on social gatherings, along with extra localised measures. Pubs and different licensed premises in central Scotland shut final Friday for 16 days.
Amid accusations that the foundations are complicated, Johnson will later Monday set out a brand new three-tiered alert system for native measures in England, classifying all areas as both “medium”, “high” or “very high” threat.
Local authorities in Liverpool stated they’d been instructed they’d be within the prime tier, with pubs, bars, betting retailers, gyms and casinos all shutting.
But they’re nonetheless urgent central authorities for funds to assist help public companies and companies that closed, after a nationwide furlough scheme ends on October 31.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak introduced on Friday a much less beneficiant alternative that may see the federal government pay as much as two-thirds of employees’s month-to-month wages to companies pressured to shut.
“We do not feel that the furlough scheme announced recently is adequate and that businesses in the region especially those in the hospitality sector and those serving it will be damaged and many will suffer long-term damage or close for good,” a joint assertion from Liverpool’s leaders stated.