Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England has warned on Tuesday that hospitals across the country are now seeing more Covid patients than the first wave.
Sir Simon said that we are now “back in the eye of the storm” and England is firmly in the second wave of the virus.
Sir Simon said, “Many of us have lost family, friends, colleagues and at a time of year when we would normally be celebrating, a lot of people are understandably feeling anxious, frustrated and tired.
“And now again we are back in the eye of the storm with a second wave of coronavirus sweeping Europe and, indeed, this country.”
The seven Nightengale hospitals remain empty and some NHS trust have been told to “begin planning” to reopen them.
On Monday England recorded 41,385 more positive tests and a further 357 deaths.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England said, “This very high level of infection is of growing concern at a time when our hospitals are at their most vulnerable, with new admissions rising in many regions.”