NHS may move patients into hotels - as Hancock says end of restrictions 'impossible to know'
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 () The NHS is considering plans to discharge patients into hotels as hospitals become swamped with COVID patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed - as he said it was "impossible to know" how long lockdown restrictions might last.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said sending some patients to hotels was a“further back-up plan” only done if appropriate for the patient but “it’s notsomething we are actively putting in place”. He said it would be for “step-down” patients only who have been in hospital but no longer...
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the coronavirus outbreak is beingbrought “under control”. Mr Hancock told a No 10 news conference that morethan four million people have now been vaccinated and that the over-70s andthe clinically vulnerable were now receiving the jab.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government is "up for doing" 24-hour Covid vaccinations if "that is what is needed", however says the supply of the vaccine is the limiting factor. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Asked about the images of free school meal parcels shared on social media,Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “Well, it’s clearlyinadequate, isn’t it? "The company’s apologised, and rightly so. "Frankly,this is one of the good things about social media, this could surface soquickly, and then colleagues in the Department for Education were on itstraight away. “And they spoke to the company immediately and the company haveapologised and it got sorted out."
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A record number of Covid patients have died in the UK, with 1,564 deaths in a single day and hospital admissions topping 36,000.
The pandemic has put colossal strain on the NHS and has seen one of the busiest Covid wards in the country at London's Royal Free Hospital treating three times the number of patients. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated the two vaccines which have been granted approval for use in India are safe and effective. He added that some people are playing politics over the issue resulting in vaccine hesitancy among a section of the people. Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccines will be the last nail in the coffin of Covid. He also said that mild fever, pain and swelling are common after vaccination and added that very few people have shown these side-effects too. Questions have been raised about the safety of Covaxin which has not yet published any data from phase three clinical trials. Additionally, the government has also said that people will not get to choose a vaccine in the first phase. Watch the full video for all the details.
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International organisations are calling any breaks between the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses not to be extended beyond 21 days. Both Pfizer and Moderna also do not support the delay strategy touted by UK authorities.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that adverse events by COVID-19 vaccine are common and vaccination will be the last nail in coffin of COVID-19. "The message is clear that vaccine is completely safe and effective. The adverse events or side effects surfacing are common and it can be seen after any vaccination," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan."The vaccination will be the last nail in the coffin of COVID-19. It is unfortunate that some people are spreading misinformation about the vaccination for political reasons. This has developed vaccine hesitancy in a small group of people," he added.
The Regional Medical Director for the London at NHS England Dr Vin Diwakar said patients are being transferred outside the capital for treatment as hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of Covid-19..
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says lockdown restrictions will end onceevidence shows the impact on vaccinations has reduced the death rate and saysthey will remain in place no longer than is necessary.
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