There are growing concerns of the “rising cases in over 60s” across the city of Manchester, and the Nightingale hospital will be opened next week.
Manchester’s top doctor told the City Council media in a briefing that in the over 60s infections are “rising steadily.”
Professor Jane Eddleston of the joint group medical director and consultant in intensive care medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said, “The Nightingale Hospital in Manchester will open at the end of next week.
“It will be used as a facility for COVID patients to have additional rehabilitation before they are released home.”
David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester said, “The COVID infection rate in Manchester has come down since 3 October. The main reason for that reduction is collaboration with universities in Manchester.
“We are concerned in rising number of cases in the over 60s. It has been rising steadily. We know that is where we have the greatest concern which may result in hospital admissions.
“Emphasis is on reducing household transmission, this is still the main driver of infections.
“Where the evidence is clear – is that the national lockdown did supress the virus. We know that the evidence isn’t there yet with these local lockdowns.”