November 24, 2020

UK records nearly 600 coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours – Manchester Evening News

The government has said 595 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 50,365.

The government said that, as of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 22,950 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,256,725.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths when Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 65,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.

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An England-wide lockdown remains in force until December 2, which means all but non-essential shops must shut. It has led to the closure of gyms, hairdressers and pubs and restaurants.

And doctors have warned the second wave of Covid-19 will be “gruelling” with increased pressure prolonged throughout winter, UK doctors have been warned.

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty tweeted out the letter warning of second wave pressures
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It comes as chief medical officers and other senior health figures have written to doctors urging them to be flexible as they may be required to work in clinical areas outside their usual practice.

The letter, tweeted by England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, said the second wave “may well be prolonged throughout the winter period, with wide local variation and fluctuation in cases, requiring a sustained response from the whole profession”.

It warned: “This will be gruelling professionally and personally.”

It added that pressure will “inevitably be exacerbated by staff shortages” due to sickness or caring responsibilities, and assured doctors that regulators will take into account the need for temporary changes to practice.

Healthcare professionals will have to be “flexible”, which “may entail working in unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings, or working in clinical areas outside of their usual practice”, the letter said.

It added: “This can be stressful and you may have concerns about both the professional practicalities and implications of working in such circumstances.”

Hospitals, trusts and healthcare leaders have been told to “bear in mind that clinicians may need to depart, possibly significantly, from established procedures in order to care for patients in the highly challenging circumstances of the epidemic”.