Coronavirus is sweeping across the UK rapidly and military planners are looking ten hospital field sites across the country to provide more beds.
The Covid-19 military support force are looking at more possible military field hospitals across the UK, Whitehall sources say.
The NEC in Birmingham said they “stand ready” and is “well equipped” to become a military field hospital. Manchester and Newcastle are being examined for possible field hospitals. Sky News reported on Thursday officials are looking to convert up to ten pop up field hospital’s for coronavirus patients.
The military are converting London’s ExCel Centre in to a 4,000 bed field hospital with two morgues.
Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, Major General Cross said, “What you’ve got in the ExCeL centre is a large, open space with power, lighting, water, sanitation, good accessibility but also obviously the ability to isolate.
“That’s the sort of thing one’s looking for deploying on operations in various places around the world.
“It’s a big process, but there’s a process for setting it all up.”
Globally the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has now surpassed 480,400 with a total death toll of 21,571, along with 115,850 fully recovered people.
The lockdown enforced by the government could prevent the outbreak from becoming a growing epidemic, to one that will decline.
He told the committee that one in ten Londoners “at the outside” could already be infected, he said the level of infection will vary around the UK.
He said, “It’s possible that up to five – at the outside ten per cent of the London population will have…some form of infection in that time.”
Professor Bryce Evans of Liverpool Hope University said the UK should get ready for food rationing as relying on people across the UK to show restraint over panic buying is not working.
The Professor is urging people to stop panic buying, but this is falling on deaf ears, as the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last week, people are being “very selfish.”