The number of Covid deaths in the UK has risen by 45 per cent this week, with NHS Confederation boss Matthew Taylor warning: “The brutal reality for staff and patients is that this Easter in the NHS is as bad as any winter.”
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The UK’s Covid death toll has reached 170,000 and NHS leaders warn of a ‘brutal Easter’
Covid deaths in the UK are up 45 per cent this week, with 1,613 deaths recorded in the last seven days.
Although infections are declining, they still remain high with 91,304 signups on Monday – up from 143,382 last Monday.
It comes as the NHS association calls for new Covid measures to be introduced in the UK.
NHS bosses are calling for action amid staff shortages in accident and emergency units, with three per cent of workers absent due to coronavirus.
Meanwhile, emergency services are also facing delays, with at least one in four patients being forced to wait outside the emergency room for half an hour or more.
The latest surge in Covid cases meant a staggering 20,331 patients in hospitals across the UK contracted coronavirus last week – a 14-month high.
dr Katherine Henderson, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said the huge pressure on the NHS means it is now breaking its “fundamental agreement” with the public to treat the sick in a timely manner.
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.
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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.
NHS Confederation boss Matthew Taylor said: “The brutal reality for staff and patients is that this Easter in the NHS is as bad as any winter.”
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He added: “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 happening 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.
The Prime Minister previously vowed that the road back to normalcy was “irreversible” and sent seemingly draconian stay-at-home orders down the drain.
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.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-covid-death-toll-goes-26688398 The UK death toll from Covid rises above 170,000 as NHS bosses warn of a 'brutal' Easter