With the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, British hospitals are “on the war foot”

On the war footing“Faced with the surge of Omicron cases, British hospitals are busy opening thousands of temporary beds, without yet knowing what the scale of the wave will be in intensive care units.

The United Kingdom, which already deplores nearly 148,500 deaths from the pandemic (+332), records daily Covid-19 contamination records (more than 189,000 in 24 hours Thursday).

Ready for the “worst case scenario”

Even if the authorities stress for the moment that the Omicron variant seems to cause forms less severe than the Delta, the number of patients hospitalized with the Covid-19 approached 12,000 Thursday, for the first time since the beginning of March.

To be ready for “worst case scenario“, the national health service, the NHS, announced Thursday the construction of temporary structures making it possible to accommodate each one a hundred patients in eight English hospitals, supposed to be operational as of this week.

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Hospitals were also asked to identify “spaces such as gymnasiums or education centers that can be converted to accommodate patients“with a view to creating up to 4,000 beds.

Given the number of infections, we cannot wait to know before taking action.

The NHS is now on the war footing“, assured the medical director of the health service, Stephen Powis, while saying”to hope“that these structures do not serve.

We don’t yet know exactly how many people with the virus will need hospital treatment, but given the number of infections, we can’t wait to know to act.“, he explained.

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