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Vaccines saved UK hospitals

- STEPHEN DRILL

AN Australian intensive care nurse who worked in London’s hardest hit COVID-19 hospitals says vaccinatio­ns have allowed lockdowns to be lifted without a spike in cases.

Britain dropped all restrictio­ns, including mask wearing, on what was dubbed Freedom Day last month but there has not been a spike in cases. Case rates dropped from 46,835 on July 19, to 30,838 on Tuesday, August 24. The seven day average was 32,981 cases last week.

Double dose vaccinatio­n rates in the UK were at 66.7 per cent when restrictio­ns were eased, in what was seen as a major test of living with the virus. Aussie nurse Kathryn Lennon said hospitals were now only dealing with a fraction of the patients they were compared with during the UK’s deadly second wave.

“Right now we have one Covid unit, in the second wave we were one of the worst hit hospitals, we were still in lockdown and we had 11 ICUs (intensive care units) in the hospital,” she said. “It (vaccinatio­n) is effective and it is the only way out of this, it is the only way forward because being in lockdown causes other problems.”

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