The UK’s chief medical officer warns that this winter will be “extremely difficult” for the NHS, as the UK has recorded the highest daily coronavirus infections since July.
At the Royal College of General Practician annual meeting in Liverpool, Professor Chris Witty decided that in addition to normal winter pressures such as the flu, medical services would fight coronaviruses and untreated delays in procedures. I said it would be.
“Unfortunately, I think the whole winter will be very difficult for the NHS when it comes to where Covid spends the winter,” he said.
He added that this would happen “whether the amount of Covid is relatively low but important, or whether it actually surges further in winter.”
Professor Whitty is convinced that the threat of NHS collapse is significantly lower than last year, “except for abnormal escape mutants,” but the increase in cases could put “very serious pressure” on the NHS. Said there is.
“The margin of error is very small,” he added.
The UK recorded an additional 45,066 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 11% over the previous week. This marks the highest daily number since July 20th.
Cases between school-age children and teens have been at their highest levels since the fall of 2020, leading to concerns that they may be contributing to the spread of the virus.
Experts are concerned that restrictions on the blockade have prevented residents from coming into contact with the virus, which could lead to a surge in influenza illness this year and a weakened immune system.
Public Health England said it did not record a case of influenza during the seven weeks of February, which is usually the peak season for influenza.
The government has acknowledged that the flu could put a heavy burden on the NHS this year, said Helen Watterycare, Minister of Care. .. “
As many as 60,000 flu deaths could occur in the UK this winter, according to reports from the Academy of Medicine.
There are also concerns about the combined effects of Covid-19 and the flu, and studies suggest that people infected with both are more than twice as likely to die as people with Covid-19 alone.
Concerns have led to the biggest promotion of influenza vaccination to date, with 40 million people providing jabs.