The number of hospitalized patients in critical condition is comparable to before the pandemic, and Covid cases ‘peaked in the new year’, a medical director said today.
London’s regional director for Public Health England, Professor Kevin Fenton explained that of the 130 trust hospitals, 24 had declared serious incidents – before the virus, the number stood at the level 23.
Speaking to Sky News’ Trevor Phillips, he said: “In 2017-18, 23 was declared a critical incident so it’s a mechanism the NHS uses very well in a time of great pressure on the system. high.
“The NHS is good because they have the ability to digitally employee passports between trusts as well.
“We’re launching eight Nightingale sites, we’ll likely go beyond that incremental capacity.”
That’s because a string of extremely aggressive studies show Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
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Prof Fenton added that case rates in the capital were falling but warned the “critical phase” of the pandemic was not over yet as data showed one in ten Londoners were still infected with the virus- withdraw.
“We think we may have passed or are at the peak. Data from the ONS suggests the peak may have occurred on or near the New Year’s time.
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“And we’ve seen a reduction in the overall case rate across the city and in the community transmission rate.
“But remember that the level of infection is still very, very high. And ONS figures show that almost one in 10 Londoners are still infected.
“So it means we’re still not out of this critical phase of the pandemic, even though we may be past the peak.”
It comes after the official number of Covid deaths in the UK surpassed 150,000 yesterday – however, cases continued to decline for the fourth day in a row.
A record three million Britons tested positive for Covid over the New Year period but data from the Office for National Statistics shows Omicron Outbreaks are slowing down in the capital.
Data shows one in ten people in London was infected with the super-spreader in the week to 31 December, with one in 15 testing positive in the UK.
Meanwhile, around half a million vaccination appointments are being offered online in the UK to 12- to 15-year-olds in January, a senior doctor said – with around 500 sites to visit and 300 centres.
Experts say the UK could be “the most immune-stricken country in the world” as data shows that around 98% of children over 15 in the UK have some resistance to the Omicron variant.
Dr Raghib Ali, Clinical Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge says that could be the reason why hospital admissions from the virus remain low but encourages Britons to continue follow the rules so there’s no risk of crowding out the medical service because staff absence is a “big deal””.
Meanwhile, the Education Minister said isolation rules will be considered and stated that cutting the quarantine period from seven to five days would be “more helpful”.
Nadhim Zahawi told the Sunday Times: “The UK Health Security Authority (UKHSA) has said they want to look at it, so we will hold back seven days but if they look back and say they will reduce it down to five days that’s even better. for me, it’s even more useful.”
Scotland’s Health Minister Humza Yousaf said Scotland was not considering further reductions in the isolation period after the UK Government Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi supported reducing the UK’s isolation period from seven days to five days.
Mr Yousaf told BBC Breakfast it was very risky for Scotland to reduce the quarantine period from 10 days to 7 days.
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