London's field hospital to be used amid acute COVID pressure


On Wednesday this past week, HSJ, an online health services journal, reported that "London's hospitals are less than two weeks away from being overwhelmed by covid even under the "best" case scenario, according to an official briefing given to the capital's most senior doctors".

The total eclipsed the previous record number of deaths reported on April 21, 2020, of 1,224.

Europe's largest and most populous economy hopes to be able to limit the spread of the virus until enough of its population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity.

The 7,034 people now in hospital with COVID-19 represents a 35 per cent increase compared to the peak of the pandemic in April.

Britain has the world's fifth-highest official death toll from COVID-19 at almost 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed the previous daily record from last April.

Asked about the projections, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was concerned about the pressures on the National Health Service (NHS) and the government was putting extra resources into the parts of the country under the most significant strain.

A view of NHS Nightengale Hospital at the ExCel centre, London, January 1, 2021.

Khan said he had no choice but to act now in the face of a worsening situation.

A tent field hospital is set up in California to treat COVID patients
Tent hospitals have been set up in California to treat cases of COVID-19

"This places many people at chance of major condition and is positioning a whole lot of pressure on our NHS". "We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at a crisis point".

"The entirety of the health service in London is mobilizing to do everything it possibly can, but the infections, the rate of growth in admissions, that is what collectively the country has got to get under control", Stevens said.

Khan added: "The number of cases in London has increased rapidly with more than a third more patients being treated in our hospitals now compared to the peak of the pandemic last April". There are exemptions for some, including truckers, airline crew and children under 11.

London is also now recording 100 Coronavirus deaths a day, a figure which has steadily risen since mid-December.

In the last three days there were 477 deaths of patients who had tested positive for the virus.

A variant of the virus recently identified in the believed to be more transmissible, contributing to the dramatic rise in cases.

A medic stands next to an ambulance at the Royal London Hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak in London, Britain on Tuesday.

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