A doctor has warned it is likely to get worse before it gets better for hospitals as the UK recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
Dr. Simon Walsh, vice chairman of the British Medical Association’s advisory committee, said the epidemiology of the previous wave showed that the situation is likely to get worse over the next two to three weeks.
The London-based ambulance told BBC Breakfast, “I’m afraid all of us who work on the front lines believe, and based on the evidence I fear it will get worse before it gets better.”
He said intensive care needs to be “increasingly thin”, with up to three patients per ICU, rather than the usual standard of individual care.
The government needs to both step up vaccinations and ensure that healthcare workers have the appropriate PPE available to ensure they can continue to work instead of being infected by the virus.
He said: “You need to make sure that PPE supplies are there when we need them because we were disappointed in the first wave and so the government needs to restore our confidence in vaccination and ensuring that these PPE items are in place . “
His comments come after Dr. Justin Varney, director of public health for Birmingham City Council, said hospitals still had not seen the full extent of patients who contracted coronavirus over Christmas.
The former general practitioner told BBC Radio 4’s Today, “I think we are very concerned. What we are seeing now in the hospital today are the people who got coronavirus about two to three weeks ago.
“So we still haven’t seen the effects of the rapid surge in the NHS that we saw between December 28-29 after the Christmas bubble and after seeing the new variant in the region.”
“It’s going to get much, much worse if we don’t really get this under control, but some of it is already burned into the system and will come out in the next week or two.”
The government said an additional 1,325 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday – bringing the total to 79,833 in the UK.
There have now been an additional 68,053 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. This is the highest number reported in a single day since mass testing began last May, although it may have been higher in April 2020, with cases estimated as high as 100,000 a day at the height of the first wave.
The number of Covid-19 patients in the hospital in England hit a record 29,346 at 8 a.m. on Friday, an increase of 30% from the previous week, while the admissions in England also had a total of 3,967 admissions reported in January reached a new high of 6, which, according to NHS England, exceeded the previous record of 3,697 on January 5th.