The NHS Confederation called for “mitigating measures” to stop the spread of Covid such as: B. Not meeting people indoors and wearing masks in crowded spaces
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Covid measures should be reintroduced in the UK to slow the spread of the virus, health chiefs have warned.
The NHS governing body has accused the Government of “abstaining from all interest in Covid” and says hospitals are grappling with a “brutal Easter as bad as any winter”.
Last week, Covid cases hit their highest level since February 2021, at 20,331 infections.
And that’s despite official figures falling on No10’s decision to scrap the £2billion monthly mass swab regime.
The so-called coronavirus dashboard shows cases (and tests being carried out) are falling, but hospitalizations and deaths are still rising, although both statistics usually lag behind infections.
It is estimated that one in 13 people in England has coronavirus.
The NHS association, which acts as a representative for hospitals and ambulances, called for “mitigating measures” such as: B. not meeting people indoors and wearing masks in crowded spaces.
This would help prevent the spread of the virus, the health and well-being organization said The times.
It also said the government must launch a “public information campaign” in England to urge people to stay away from A&E unless they had an emergency.
Already overcrowded A&E rooms suffer from staff shortages as three per cent of NHS staff suffer from coronavirus.
Confederation leader Matthew Taylor said: “NHS leaders are reporting a clear disconnect between the Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ plan and the realities on the NHS frontline.
“We have a government that seems to want to absolve itself of responsibility for what is going on in the public eye across the country.
“No. 10 has seemingly given up all interest in Covid.”
Speaking to GB News last week, Boris Johnson admitted he “cannot rule out” plunging Britain into another Covid lockdown in the future, despite only just relieving the nation of two years of crippling on-off restrictions.
But the Prime Minister has now said it would be “irresponsible” if the government did not maintain a blanket shutdown in its virus-fighting playbook. He added: “I’m not going to take any options off the table.”
Mr Johnson added: “I want to avoid something like this ever happening again.”
On Friday, 1,475 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-measures-should-come-back-26682627 Covid measures should return to combat surge in infections, health chiefs warn