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Military to make field hospital at ExCel Centre in London, Hancock says

by LLB Reporter
24th Mar 20 4:57 pm

The British Health secretary, Matt Hancock has told a press briefing at Downing Street that a temporary makeshift hospital will open in the ExCeL centre in London.

The ExCel Centre, will be called NHS Nightingale Hospital, based in London, will consist of two wards and hold up to 4,000 patients.

Hancock has said the government’s new scheme is seeking to recruit 250,000 volunteers in good health who can help the NHS support vulnerable people.

He said, “We will, next week, open a new hospital, a temporary hospital, the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London.

“The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people.

“With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support that they need.”

Hancock added, “I pay tribute to each and every one of those who is returning to the NHS at its hour of need.”

Around 5,500 final-year medics and 18,700 final-year student nurses will “move to the frontline” across the NHS next week.

“The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme is a new scheme set to ensure local service get the help they need.

“We are seeking a quarter of a million volunteers.

“We’re seeking people in good health to help the NHS for shopping and the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded to protect their own health.

“They NHS Volunteer Responders is a new scheme set up so that that people can come and help and to make sure the NHS and the local services that are needed get all the support that they can,” Hancock said.

He added, “I can also announce that the call we made at the weekend for people to return to the NHS has been incredibly successful so far.

“So far 11,788 people have answered that call , 2,660 doctors, over 2,500 other health professionals and pharmacists, and 6,147 nurses.

“And pay tribute to each and every one of those who’s returning to the NHS in its hour of need.”

The UK has a record number of deaths from coronavirus in just 24 hours, after 87 more people died in the UK, bringing the total to 422.

Department for Health and Social Care announced, “As of 9am on 24 March, a total of 90,436 have been tested: 82,359 negative. The UK now has 8,077 people with coronavirus.

England has a total 83 deaths out of the 87 in the UK, with two in Scotland, one in Wales, and one in Northern Ireland, which is up from 55 deaths across the whole of the UK on Monday.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has addressed the nation on Monday evening, he said he was “reluctant to do this” but he is effectively announcing a lockdown for three weeks.

Johnson gave a dramatic and historic address to the nation, meeting friends will now be banned, and only one form of exercise will be allowed per day.

Boris Johnson has been urged to deploy police at train stations as thousands of people are defying the governments lockdown, as tube trains remain packed.

The Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove told Sky News that people will lose loved ones if they refuse to stay at home.

He said, “Unless you stay at home then the people you love most may die.”

The NHS intensive care unit (ICU) consultant Jack, is begging Britons to stay home, he warned that failure to listen to the government’s advice on social distancing “is killing people.”

This comes after the SAGE report written on Monday and published on Friday, suggests that for every one death across London there could be thousands of infected Londoners.

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