Fears of ‘perfect storm’ overwhelming NHS with combination of Sars-CoV-2 and other viruses
いくつか 5 million people eligible for a コロナウイルス booster vaccine have yet to receive it, UK officials admit.
Any over-50s and clinically vulnerable people who were double-vaccinated at least six months ago can get a third jab, but there are concerns that poor communication and logistical problems may be hampering uptake.
It comes as new coronavirus cases have surged to almost 50,000 a day in the UK following children’s return to school. Infection numbers in Britain are currently much higher than in other western European nations and have leapt more 60 per cent in the last month.
“It is clear that the vaccination programme in 12- to 15-year-olds is not going very well,” said Lawrence Young, a virologist at University of Warwick.
He added that the spread of other viruses could lead to a “perfect storm” for the NHS if cases spread to older, more vulnerable adults. “The worry is that autumn and winter are going to get very, very messy.”
Poland’s daily infections leap by 85 per cent in a week
Poland reported 3,931 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, an increase of almost 85 per cent compared to the previous week, according to deputy health minister Waldemar Kraska.
Sixty-four new deaths were logged.
その間, in neighbouring Czech Republic, the highest number of new infections since April was detected. Officials reported some 2,521 infections on Tuesday, almost double the reported number for the same day last week.
Of the country’s 10.7 百万人, 6.03 million had been fully vaccinated as of yesterday.
And in Bulgaria, the health ministry reported the highest one-day infection tally since mid-March, と 4,979 新しいケース. いくつか 214 people died in the previous 24 時間, bringing the total death toll from the pandemic to 22,488.
Third Scottish health board asks for military assistance for winter
A third Scottish health board has requested help from the armed forces as it faces staffing shortages ahead of the winter months, 書き込み エミリー・アトキンソン.
Scotland’s health secretary has also warned that the combined circulation of flu and Covid-19 is likely to cause difficulties.
A formal request for military support was made by NHS Grampian as the health service faces growing pressure as a result of coronavirus and the backlog of care built up during the pandemic.
先週, the British Army was called in to help NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Borders, 合計で 86 personnel deployed for a three-week period.
The armed forces have also been drafted in to help the Scottish Ambulance Service vehicles.
5 million yet to take up coronavirus booster vaccine
ほとんど 5 million people are at a greater risk of catching Covid as they have yet to receive their booster jabs, health officials and experts have warned.
Under government guidance, those aged over 50 and vulnerable groups who were double vaccinated at least six months ago are eligible for a third dose, but there are fears that poor communications around the programme and logistical complications could be hindering uptake, 書き込み Samuel Lovett.
Although vaccine coverage is high across the UK, infection rates are returning to those seen during the winter wave. いくつか 49,156 tested positive for Covid on Monday, a weekly rise of 22 per cent and the highest figure since the end of lockdown.
Rising infections and waning immunity levels are putting the elderly and vulnerable at risk, 専門家は言う, reinforcing the need for top-up vaccines
Expert warns of potentially ‘very messy’ winter
A virologist has warned this winter has the potential to become “very messy” for the NHS if the pressure of rising Covid-19 infections combines with a serious wave of other viruses.
Influenza is a regular concern for the health service during winter.
Covid-19 cases are currently significantly higher in Britain than in other western European countries. Infections have leapt since the return of children to school, and it is estimated that some 8 per cent of secondary pupils have been infected.
“The worry at the moment is it is clear that the vaccination programme in 12- to 15-year-olds is not going very well,」ローレンス・ヤング, a virologist at the University of Warwick, ロイターに語った, adding that the spread of other viruses could lead to a “perfect storm” in the winter for the NHS if cases spread to older, more vulnerable adults.
“With all of what that means not only again for schools, but also for overwhelming the NHS … then the worry is that autumn and winter are going to get very, very messy.”
His warning followed the comments of a government adviser who said yesterday that the NHS was facing acute pressure this winter as people’s vaccine-derived immunity began to wane.
Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of Sage, warned against complacency and said he was concerned that the UK had higher rates of hospital admission and deaths linked to Covid-19 than other European nations.
“Whenever we approach a winter period we expect respiratory virus infections to increase, so I think it’s very important that we go into that with as high a level of population immunity, especially in elderly and clinically vulnerable groups, as possible," 彼は言った.
The rate of hospital admissions and deaths in the UK has been rising
UK notches 50,000 new Covid-19 infections
The UK recorded nearly 50,000 new coronavirus infections on Monday, marking the largest daily rise since lockdown rules ended in England three months ago.
For the sixth consecutive day, より多い 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, 一部で 49,156 new infections tallied.
数時間前, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson had said Downing Street was keeping a “very close watch” on the figures, but suggested levels of cases, hospitalisations and deaths were “still broadly in line with” government modelling, 追加する: “We always knew the coming months would be challenging”.
Downing Street keeping ‘very close watch’ on figures amid warnings that NHS faces early winter crisis