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Second UK lockdown? COVID hospital admissions double every eight days

By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

 

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FILE PHOTO: A technician enters the new COVID-19 testing lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease epidemic in Glasgow, Britain April 22, 2020. Andrew Milligan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's health minister said on Friday that the novel coronavirus was accelerating across the country, with hospital admissions doubling every eight days, but refused to say if another national lockdown would be imposed next month.

 

The United Kingdom has reported the fifth largest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

 

Asked repeatedly by Sky News about the prospect of a second national lockdown next month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a lockdown was a last resort, but that the government would do whatever it takes to tackle the virus.

 

"The number of people in hospital is doubling every eight days or so ... we will do what it takes to keep people safe," Hancock said. "We keep these things under review."

 

Asked about a second lockdown, he said: "I can't give you that answer now."

 

COVID-19 cases started to rise again in Britain in September, with between 3,000 and 4,000 positive tests recorded daily in the last week. This is still some way behind France, which is seeing more than 10,000 new cases a day.

 

On Thursday, Britain recorded 21 deaths from the disease, taking the total under the government's accounting method to 41,705. Key statistics on the prevalence of the virus are due later on Friday.

 

More than 10 million people in the United Kingdom are already in local lockdown and the London Evening Standard said figures due for release on Friday will show a sharp rise in COVID cases in London, putting Britain's capital at risk of restrictions on socialising over the next two weeks.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was criticised by opposition politicians for his initial response to the outbreak and the government has struggled to ensure sufficient testing in recent weeks.

 

Asked by LBC radio why the testing system was such a "shambles", Hancock said Dido Harding, who is in charge of the system, had done an "an extraordinary job."

 

A COVID-19 test known as DnaNudge that gives results in just over an hour and which requires no laboratory was accurate in almost all cases, according to an academic review in the Lancet.

 

"The critical thing in terms of usefulness is that the machine doesn't need to be in a lab - it is about the size of a shoebox - therefore you can put one say in an A&E department and they can know whether people coming in have got the coronavirus or not," Hancock said.

 

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5 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

You don’t like kadilo’s criticisms of people who refuse to follow simple, effective means to reduce the rate of infections of  a deadly disease, and then you go off on an Anti-Thailand rant.

 

Thailand and the people of Thailand have done a superb job combatting this disease.

 

The government, the civil service, medical services, people and businesses across the nation have acted together with the result of an extremely low infection and death rate.

 

You need to have a think about who it is who has been ‘brainwashed’.

 

It should not take you long to work it out.

I’m Kadilo, the one that replied

 

It should not take you long to work it out. 

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5 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

You don’t like kadilo’s criticisms of people who refuse to follow simple, effective means to reduce the rate of infections of  a deadly disease, and then you go off on an Anti-Thailand rant.

 

Thailand and the people of Thailand have done a superb job combatting this disease.

 

The government, the civil service, medical services, people and businesses across the nation have acted together with the result of an extremely low infection and death rate.

 

You need to have a think about who it is who has been ‘brainwashed’.

 

It should not take you long to work it out.

Everything ok, but this is not a deadly disease! 

The number of deaths is a matter of dispute.

The Robert Koch Institute publishes daily reports on how many COVID-19 patients have died and thus continuously updates the number of so-called "corona deaths". Accordingly, about 3.6 percent of those who tested positive died. It is not yet clear whether all of these Covid 19 patients actually died "from" or even some only "with" the virus. According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 85 percent of all deceased in Germany were older than 70 years. Most of them suffered from one or more previous illnesses. Death rates vary by country and by methods of detection. 

 

One can say that the C19 virus is more aggressive than a normal flu virus, but far away from a deadly disease in any case.

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1 minute ago, rudi49jr said:

What’s your point? 

Point being there are almost 3 times as many people being born per year than are dying,  the Wuflu is not killing a high percentage of the population...there are still lots and lots of people left on earth  it is not an

"extinction level event"    its more like mass hysteria.

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2 hours ago, rudi49jr said:

Mind explaining that to the almost 1 million death people so far? That number is probably quite a bit higher, actually, because not all covid related deaths are recorded as covid related deaths. The second wave is about to hit many countries in Europe (including the UK) and the USA, so the number of deaths is very probably going to increase again. So far, 200,000 in the USA, 42,000 in the UK, with numbers on the rise.

Some very simple measures can drastically reduce the number of infections and deaths: social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, it’s as simple as that. If someone can not see the need to practice those simple rules, then Yinn has every right to call those people covidiots. And please don’t play that ‘freedom’ card, because what some people see as freedom is just another way to say “I will do as I damned well please, and screw everyone else”. 

Around 650,000 people worldwide die from annual flu every year. Therefore the entire population has never been locked away. Precautions ok, but no headless mass histeria please.

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