LONDON — There’s a “very substantial danger” intensive care capability within the NHS might be exceeded, Boris Johnson mentioned, as he warned of “colossal” pressure on medics battling the U.Okay.’s coronavirus epidemic.
Addressing senior MPs on the Home of Commons liaison committee, the U.Okay. prime minister additionally revealed his authorities is worried about one other new viral pressure which has emerged in Brazil and is contemplating additional journey restrictions on arrivals from the nation.
Questioned in regards to the state of affairs in England’s hospitals by former Well being Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Johnson mentioned there have been 32,000 COVID-19 inpatients at the moment receiving care — 70 p.c greater than on the earlier peak in April final 12 months.
“If you happen to ask me when do we expect that the ICU capability is more likely to be overtopped, I can’t offer you a prediction for that, however all I can say is that the danger could be very substantial,” Johnson mentioned. “Now we have to maintain the stress off the NHS and the one method to try this is to observe the present lockdown.”
Johnson admitted he was “involved” when pressed on stories the federal government’s advisory committee on rising virus threats yesterday mentioned a brand new pressure of COVID thought to have originated in Brazil and since detected in Japan.
“We have already got powerful measures to guard this nation from new infections coming in from overseas and we’re taking steps to try this with respect to the Brazilian variant,” he added.
On the U.Okay.’s vaccination program, Johnson mentioned 2.8 million doses have now been administered to 2.4 million individuals. The U.Okay. is publishing each day information on what number of have acquired a jab and Johnson mentioned this might quickly be damaged down by area.
Some areas are, he mentioned, doing higher than others, with greater than half of individuals over 80 within the North East of England and Yorkshire having acquired a jab.