The Independent

Thousands in hospital a day without restrictio­ns

Experts call for action despite PM’s reluctance to return to rules

- ANDREW WOODCOCK POLITICAL EDITOR

Ministers have been warned that without measures to combat Covid-19 infections, hospital admissions could soon rise beyond the peak seen at the start of this year to as many as 7,000 a day. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for

England, said that the NHS could get into trouble this winter even without the emergence of a coronaviru­s strain that is vaccine resistant. One expert warned that, with positive cases running at around eight times higher than at this time last year, any delay in imposing new measures could make it “impossible to close the stable door before the horse bolts”. The warnings came as Boris Johnson said he was confident the UK could get through the winter without lockdown measures, although he set out a “plan B” that could see mandatory masks and other restrictiv­e measures reintroduc­ed in the event of a spike in coronaviru­s cases.

 ??  ?? The prime minister unveils the latest pandemic contingenc­y measures in Downing Street yesterday
The prime minister unveils the latest pandemic contingenc­y measures in Downing Street yesterday

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