THE head of the NHS has said coronavirus admissions have halved since their peak and are decreasing by 2,000 every week.
Sir Simon Stevens said hospitals in England were now seeing just over 9,000 people with the virus a day, and encouraged anyone suffering with other illnesses not to delay in seeking treatment.
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Coronavirus admissions have halved since their peak and are decreasing by 2,000 every week, the head of the NHS has said[/caption]
Sir Simon Stevens said hospitals in England were now seeing just over 9,000 people with the virus a day[/caption]
At the peak of the outbreak, hospitals were treating around 19,000 people per day, but a lockdown now in its eighth week has seen numbers fall.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Sir Simon said the NHS had “so far risen” to the biggest challenge in its 71-year history, but added that the country was “not out of the woods” yet.
“Thanks to hard work and careful preparation and the public’s own action we did not see the health service overwhelmed as happened in some other countries – and as many had predicted would happen here,” he said.
“While in the past some have accused the NHS of being inflexible and monolithic, when the virus struck, our nurses, doctors, therapists, engineers, scientists and countless other staff rolled up their sleeves and set about transforming care in a way unimaginable at the start of the year.”
The comments come after the UK government announced a slight easing of lockdown measures.
Speaking on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged anyone unable to work from home to return to work, and said Brits could now meet with one member of another household so long as social distancing was maintained.
‘HELP US TO HELP YOU’
Sir Simon said that, in the coming weeks, “resuming non-urgent services paused while we dealt with the coronavirus peak will be a challenge” for the NHS.
“We know that some people have been deterred from seeking help by fears over coronavirus or because they did not want to be ‘a burden’ at a busy time,” he said.
“Our message… today is: If you do need help, don’t delay. Please help us to help you.”
Today also saw the news that ministers believe coronavirus is now spreading in UK communities at “very low” rates.
Recent studies suggest the country’s “R” infection rate is between 0.7 and 1.
The government’s scientific advisors are said to be confident it is not above 1, the point at which the spread of the virus begins to accelerate.
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There is typically a three-week lag between adjustments to lockdown measures and changes to hospital admissions, meaning the affects of the changes announced on Sunday will not be seen for a number of weeks.
The UK has so far seen 33,998 deaths from coronavirus, more than any other country in Europe.
The lockdown has seen Brits rally in support of NHS staff[/caption]
The UK has so far seen 33,998 deaths from coronavirus, more than any other country in Europe[/caption]
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