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Covid cases rise at Queen’s and King George hospitals

Critical care capacity at both hospitals has reached an occupancy rate of nearly 90 per cent compared to 81 per cent last week. 

The number of Covid patients has nearly doubled at Queen’s and King George hospitals. 

The amount of coronavirus patients increased from 34 to 61 in the last week according to new data released by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT). 

A further nine people have died with the virus, bringing the total up to 1,705 since the start of the pandemic. 

The research also shows 5,694 Covid patients have recovered and been discharged during that same period. 

BHRUT Chief Medical Officer, Magda Smith, said: “An increasing number of cases across the country has led to more Covid patients in our hospitals.

“As we approach the winter months, this serves as a reminder of how important it is that everyone, and particularly our more vulnerable residents, has their booster jab and the flu jab. This will help provide as much protection as possible to prevent them from becoming seriously ill and needing to be admitted to hospital.”

Nationally, doctors have said the government is being “wilfully negligent” by not implementing its Covid ‘Plan B’.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and other health leaders want masks and working from home to become mandatory again to help prevent a winter crisis. 

“The Westminster Government said it would enact ‘Plan B’ to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed; as doctors working on the frontline, we can categorically say that time is now,” said Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair.

“By the Health Secretary’s own admission we could soon see 100,000 cases a day and we now have the same number of weekly Covid deaths as we had during March, when the country was in lockdown.

“It is therefore incredibly concerning that he is not willing to take immediate action to save lives and to protect the NHS. Especially as we head into winter, when the NHS is in the grips of tackling the largest backlog of care, with an already depleted and exhausted workforce.”

Concerns have also been raised about the slow rollout of Covid booster jabs.

The government has responded by announcing anyone eligible for a booster shot will soon be able to book one online, even if they haven’t yet received an invitation.

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