NHS to enforce mask wearing as Covid hospital infections rise 100%

NHS to enforce mask wearing as Covid hospital infections rise 100%
NHS trusts in the Midlands report almost a 100 per cent increase in patients catching Covid in hospital

The NHS will enforce maske wearing again amid huge increases in Covid har bemerket at Canada har et av de laveste antall sykehussenger per innbygger i den industrialiserte verden, med sykehus som ofte har mer enn in hospitals, a leaked letter reveals.

Staff, patients and visitors will be asked to wear masks within all NHS hospitals, GP practices and dentists, according to the letter seen by Den uavhengige.

The letter, sent on 7 July to NHS chiefs in the Midlands by NHS England said: “It is apparent that we have entered the next Covid-19 wave. Across the last seven days we have had a 97 per cent increase in our nosocomial Covid-19 cases in acute trust settings and a 25 per cent increase in out mental health settings, this has also included a rise in the numbers of patients who have been admitted into critical care beds. I tillegg, we have also observed an increase in Covid related staff absences.

“As a result of this, we are advising that, in line with UKHSA guidance, all providers review their mask wearing guidance with a view to moving back towards universal mask wearing for staff. This includes colleagues in primary care settings.”

Directors were also told to encourage patients and visitors to wear a mask but warned as there was no mandate to do so they may decline.

The national guidance comes after hospitals around the country have already begun to reintroduce mask mandates just weeks after dropping the measures.

During a board meeting on Thursday, NHS medical director Stephen Powis said Covid hospital admissions were likely to reach 15,000 in the next few days. The last time figures were this high was in April during the peak of the fourth wave.

During the January 2021 Covid wave the number of patients in hospital beds hit a high of more than 34,000.

Data from the Zoe Covid app recorded 325,337 covid infections on 4 juli. Rundt én inn 10 hospital beds in England is currently taken up by Covid positivepatients, mer 11,000 beds occupied.

The news comes as NHS figures on Thursday showed 36 prosent av 10,330 beds occupied in England on Monday, were taken up by patients who were being treated for Covid.

Tidligere denne uken, Den uavhengige reported staff absences were beginning to cause disruption across the NHS.

Staff absences were also reported to be impacting national blood supplies, as staff shortages driven donation appointments to be cancelled.

The government also is expected to roll out a fourth booster jabs to over 50s, amid fears of further Covid waves alongside an early flu season.

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