Hospital admissions for people with coronavirus are doubling every eight days and they have been told the clear beds and be ready for a rise in more patients in the coming weeks.
On Thursday the UK recorded a further 3,395 cases, whilst the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday that there were an estimated 6,000 infections between 4 and 10 September.
The Telegraph reported that MPs in London have been told of plans to increase a “step down” in beds across the capital as the UK is heading towards a second peak.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that more hospital admissions are doubling every eight days and that it is “absolutely critical” people follow the rule of six and social distancing.
An MP told The Telegraph, I was told hospitals have reserved beds for people coming out of hospital who need somewhere to re-cover.
“At the start of lockdown they were having to send people back to care homes or back to other facilities, with dire consequences, so they’ve booked places in respite care or empty care homes, so people will go out of hospital, but won’t return to their normal place of living.”
Hancock told BBC Breakfast on Friday, “We have seen an acceleration in the number of cases over the last couple of weeks and we’ve also sadly seen that the number of people hospitalised with coronavirus is doubling about every eight days, so we do need to take action.”
Professor Paul Hunter, of University of East Anglia, told MailOnline, that the number of admissions could surpass the daily rate seen in March, within a month.