Coronavirus UK News on January 20, 2021
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens sees the UK public health system in its worst crisis in decades because of coronavirus. At the same time, there are also positive signals.
The UK health care system was on the brink of "the worst crisis in its 72-year history" - alarming words from a man who should know: the Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS), Sir Simon Stevens.
Clinics and medical practices are overwhelmed and are increasingly resorting to emergency measures such as accommodating sick patients in the corridors or adjoining rooms. General practitioners' practices extend their opening hours to 16 hours or longer, and general practitioners and clinicians, nursing staff, and medical assistants forego vacation or even baby breaks to help.
Retirees report back for service.
According to the UK Nurses Union, thousands of retired professionals have volunteered to help out in hospital wards since the beginning of the year. According to Sir Simon, that is still not enough, as thousands of professionals are sick with COVID-19 and are now missing.
According to London authorities, more than 15,000 new inpatients have been admitted to the NHS clinics since Christmas. The number of inpatients for COVID-19 is higher than ever, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
In the meantime, new statistics have emerged, according to which Great Britain now has the highest COVID-19 mortality worldwide - this is currently 455 per 100,000 inhabitants (Germany: 136 deaths per 100,000). 33,355 new cases of infection were reported on the island on Tuesday. Together with the 1610 coronavirus deaths from the same day, the UK has so far recorded a total of 91,470 deaths due to the pandemic.
When it comes to vaccinations, the kingdom is still on the right track.
According to health policy observers, the fact that the head of the NHS is publicly pointing out the crisis, sometimes with very alarming words, shows how serious the situation is. According to TV broadcaster Sky, a new COVID-19 patient is currently admitted to a British clinic "every 30 seconds". High officials like Sir Simon do not usually speak out in public in this way.
Meanwhile, vaccinations against COVID-19 in the Kingdom are making much better progress than in Germany. According to the London Ministry of Health, around 4.2 million patients have been vaccinated across the country. 140 vaccinations are currently administered per minute. Some vaccination centers are open 24/7, and more and more primary care practices are participating.
Health Secretary Hancock said "by September," anyone who wants to be vaccinated in the UK should be offered an appointment. After residents of old people's and nursing homes, over 80-year-olds, and health workers were vaccinated, the vaccinations for over 70-year-olds and multimorbid risk patients started this week.