Hospital admissions will be at ‘critical stage’ in just TEN days & ‘we must do all we can’ now, health minister warns
HOSPITAL admissions will be at a “critical stage” within TEN DAYS and “we must do all we can” to stop them being overwhelmed, a health minister warned today.
Nadine Dorries sent out a stark message that more restrictions were on the way as Boris Johnson mulls the details of plunging parts of the North of England into a tougher lockdown.
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Hospitals could be hitting a critical point within days, a health minister warned today[/caption]
Bars in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are expected to be ordered to shut their doors from Monday after cases there spiralled to the worst levels in the country.
But already local leaders have hit back at the proposed plans – saying they haven’t been consulted and any new measures will damage businesses even further.
However, Ms Dorries, who was one of the first to contract the virus in Westminster back in March, hit back at the criticism today, and argued why more action was needed.
She said: “Those who now claim that further measures are not needed, will in about ten days from now, when hospital admissions are at a critical stage argue that we didn’t do enough.
“We must do all we can to prevent our ICUs #NHS from becoming overwhelmed #COVID19.”
Those who now claim that further measures are not needed, will in about ten days from now, when hospital admissions are at a critical stage argue that we didn’t do enough. We must do all we can to prevent our ICUs #NHS from becoming overwhelmed #COVID19
— Nadine Dorries #StayAlert (@NadineDorries) October 8, 2020
It came as:
- Britain is on the verge of entering more restrictions to get a grip on the virus – with pubs and restaurants set to shut in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle
- Vaccine trials are going well and Jeremy Hunt expected them to be ready before Christmas
- Nicola Sturgeon announced an effective booze ban for Scotland for 16 days – and tighter curfew measures for hospitality
- Just 25.7% of people who were tested for Covid-19 in England received their result within 24 hours, the latest figures showed
- More details about a three-tiered system for local lockdowns were leaked today – but the top tier is still being hammered out
The number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment in intensive care units has soared by 700 per cent, a top doctor warned today.
Despite the rise in admissions, deaths still remain low compared to what they were at the peak of the pandemic and yesterday the UK reported 70 new deaths and 14,162 new cases.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has urged people to stick to local lockdown measures and said “indications are not looking good”.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast Prof Stoke-Lampard said transmission of the virus could “get out of control”.
“We will be getting more data later today but all of the indications are not looking good.
“In the last month alone we have gone from a few hundred a people a day in hospital with coronavirus, to thousands.
“Right now we have got over 3,100 people in hospital with coronavirus around the UK.
“Actually 500 of those are in ITU beds. That’s really worrying.”
As case numbers rise there are concerns that the NHS could be overwhelmed by the number of people in hospital in the weeks to come.
Yesterday the First Minister of Scotland said that the country could reach the peak seen in April as soon as the end of October, if no action was taken.
KEEP IT LOCAL
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the North would resist any lockdown unless Government worked out a plan with local leaders.
He said: “We will not have a tier system imposed upon us without us having the ability to see and agree the detail.”
And Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram stormed: “It is deeply disappointing to wake up this morning to reports that new Covid-19 restrictions affecting millions of people in our city region, and across the North, could be in place within days, rather than hearing it during a genuine dialogue between ministers and local leaders.”
Ministers want to try and keep coronavirus restrictions local for as long as possible – as the gap between the North and South of England remains stark.
They are drawing up a three-tier system across the country to try and make it more simple for the public to understand.
Resentment has been brewing over a clear North-South divide between parts of the country with soaring rates, and others with lower numbers.
Yet all of those under local restrictions have seen their case numbers rise since measures came in.
And a minister admitted today that lockdown measures have not had “the impact we would have liked to have seen”.
Robert Jenrick insisted that “the measures do work” and that if they hadn’t have been put in place, the rate of infection would have been even higher than it is now.
He told Sky: “We know that, and we understand that, in some of the places we imposed local restrictions, we haven’t yet seen the impact we would have liked to have seen.
“We understand that’s that’s extremely frustrating to people in these areas.”
Yesterday Boris Johnson was confronted by Labour boss Sir Keir Starmer about the stark facts.
Sir Keir stormed: “Today is 100 days since the first local restrictions were brought in.
“20 local areas have been under restrictions for two months, in 19 of those infection rates have gone up.
“It’s obvious something has gone wrong here.”
And Boris intends to unveil his simplified three-tier local lockdown code next week.
In plans signed off at a ministerial “gold command” meeting last night, Tier 1 will see current social distancing measures, the “rule of six” and a pub curfew of 10pm enforced.
Areas in Tier 2 will have the same restrictions plus a ban on households mixing.
Vast swathes of the virus-hit North West and North East would automatically fall under Tier 3, in which pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses will be shut.
A leaked document obtained by the Nottingham Post today showed that they were going to be announced on Monday, and come into effect on Wednesday next week.
It also claimed that levels one and two had been agreed – but the final top tier was still under consideration.
It said: “Level One and Two measures have now been signed off by Covid O committee but there is further work ongoing on Level 3.”
Sky News reported that the top tier may stop people from meeting other households in ANY setting – this may include offices and other public spaces like parks too.
The tiers have yet to be finalised, the Government has stressed today.
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People will not be able to mix households — except those with exemptions — and will have to abide by the national social distancing laws, such as wearing face masks.
Ministers are still working out other details, such as whether leisure centres and hairdressers stay open or shut.