London is the epicenter of the Covid 19 in Great Britain, and for this reason, the hospitals of the metropolis, have a five-fold increase its capacity in the last few weeks, preparing for the worst. It is also near completion of a new hospital by 4 thousand beds prepared in record time in a conference centre on the banks of the river Thames. But the problem is exacerbated by the large number of doctors and nurses infected with the virus, or with family members infected with, which forces them, however, to a quarantine of precaution: in certain hospitals in the absences of a staff ranging from 30 to 50 percent.
“hospitals are struggling with the explosion of demand by patients seriously ill,” said Hopson to the Bbc. “Speak of wave after wave after wave, the term that they use with me is a continuous tsunami, a number bigger than what you imagined”.
The figures yesterday on the spread of the coronavirus have prompted some newspaper to wonder if the “lockdown”, that is, the closure of almost all the activities and the movement restrictions introduced in recent days by Boris Johnson , with measures similar to the Italian ones, have already given results: Wednesday, in fact, the number of victims has halved, to 43, compared to 87 of the day before; and the number of cases, even reaching the highest in a day, 1450, is substantially leveled to that of Tuesday, when they were 1425.
But the dominant opinion is that the flu peak will come only in the next few days, and the growth in the admissions of patients in serious conditions to the confirmation of the alarm of health authorities.
In the face of shortage of staff and facilities in british public health, it must be noted the incredible response of national solidarity to the appeal launched by the prime minister to find 250 thousand volunteers willing to help tackle the coronavirus: in just 24 hours, more than 500 thousand people volunteered for the task. And in the meantime, the Nhs arranges for tonight, yet another expression of solidarity: at 20 (21 in Italy), the entire population is invited to go out on the balconies to get to the window and on the door of the house, to clap, “the doctors and nurses who fight against the virus”, an initiative similar to what was done in Italy.
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