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Coronavirus shuts 17 hospital wards in one city as admissions pass April’s peak

Coronavirus has shut 17 hospital wards in one city as admissions pass April’s peak, experts claim.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland’s largest health board, has had to close 17 wards to new admissions due to the outbreak.

The board said it had reported 21 significant incidents of healthcare acquired infections to Public Health Scotland with 20 ‘red wards’ set up to exclusively treat coronavirus patients.

Currently there are 1,100 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across Scotland.

NHS bosses now say admissions in certain areas passing April’s peak, according to Dr Andy Haynes from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System

He said at King’s Mill & Bassetlaw, they were “now past the levels we saw back in April” with most patients over 45.

A coronavirus ‘hot area’ at Airedale Hospital, Keighley

However Dr Haynes said fewer patients were requiring intensive care, but said some cancer operations across Nottighamshire hospitals were having to be cancelled.

Airedale Hospital, near Keighley, said it is suspending non-urgent surgery for two weeks.

It said in a statement: “We are seeing increasing demand on the hospital which is in turn meaning that our inpatient beds are at capacity.

“As a result, and as per our escalation plans, we have taken the decision to postpone any elective surgery that needs an overnight stay. This comes into effect immediately, for the next two weeks.

“Urgent and emergency cases and cancer surgery will be carrying on as normal.”

Coronavirus shuts 17 hospital wards in one city as admissions pass April's peak
COVID-19 recovery teams at Airedale Hospital, Keighley

Coronavirus shuts 17 hospital wards in one city as admissions pass April's peak

The hospital added: “Our day case activity will also continue for now, with our teams ensuring we’re working on the basis of clinical priority.

“We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and each speciality will be contacting anyone who is affected.

“This is not a decision we take lightly, but is necessary to ensure that we can continue to care for the patients who need us most.”

Experts fear the second wave of coronavirus will be more deadly than the first, it has been reported.

A projection provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has heaped more pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement new lockdown measures.

According to the analysis, more people will die in the second wave of Covid-19 as hospitals and other health services struggle to cope with the winter surge in cases, the Telegraph reports.

Under the SAGE scenario, daily deaths from Covid-19 would remain lower than the worst days in spring but could remain elevated for weeks or even months until early next year.

Current figures shows that the true virus death toll now stands at 61,000 across the nation.

Sir Patrick Vallance and other Government advisers for the Prime Minister have urged No10 take drastic action now, it has been claimed.

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