The chief medical officers of the United Kingdom have jointly recommended that the warning level of Covid 19 be set at level five – the highest level.
The chief medical officers for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the national medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, said portions of the health service around the UK are under “immense pressure,”
They said in a joint statement tonight that the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed in “multiple areas” over the next 21 days because of increasing cases and without further intervention.
They said, “The four chief medical officers of the United Kingdom and the medical director of NHS England recommend, on the advice of the Joint Centre for Biosecurity and in the light of recent data, that the alert level in the United Kingdom should be raised from level 4 to level 5.”
Many areas of the healthcare system are still under tremendous strain in the four nations. There are currently very high rates of transmission in populations and large numbers of covid patients in hospitals and intensive care units,” he said.
Nearly everywhere, cases are growing, powered by a modern, more transmissible variant in much of the world. We are not sure that the NHS will cope with another sustained spike in incidents, and there is a substantial risk that the NHS will be overwhelmed in some areas within the next 21 days without further intervention.
“Although the NHS is under immense pressure, significant changes have been made to ensure people can continue to receive life-saving treatment. It is absolutely critical that people continue to come forward for emergency care. If you need non-urgent medical help, please contact your GP or call NHS 111.”