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The UK’s rising number of patients in hospital is “extremely worrying”, Dr Nick Scriven, the immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, has said.
With the numbers approaching the peaks from April, systems will again be stretched to the limit. It is not just the case of using the Nightingale hospital as there are simply no staff for them to run as they were originally intended.
They could play a role perhaps if used as rehabilitation units for those recovering but, again, where do we find the specialist staff? The NHS simply does not have the capacity to spare anyone.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and some senior cabinet ministers will review the Covid situation on Wednesday, the Elysée has said, amid another surge in cases that has spurred fears of a third lockdown in France.
The European Union rolled out a massive vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in a pandemic that has crippled economies worldwide and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide. France reported 8,822 new infections on Sunday up sharply from Saturday’s 3,093.