TOTAL among 20 hospital trusts has declared serious incidents as pressure is on Boris Johnson to reduce the length of Covid isolation.
With the spread of the mild Omicron variant, the 7-day quarantine period is causing staff shortages in hospitals – amid requests to cut it down to 5 days.
Downing Street has now confirmed 20 trusts currently have “critical” status, although this is expected to be short-lived.
Calls that require the isolation period to be further reduced appear in a sequence of extremely active research showed that Omicron IS was milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalization as 50 to 70% lower than Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
But the data shows that 90% of Covid patients in the ICU are still not receiving life-enhancing drugs.
The situation has raised new calls for a reduction in quarantine for those who test positive for the virus by seven to five days to return healthy and essential healthcare workers to work. .
Currently, confirmed cases are forced to stay at home for at least a week, down from 10 days before Christmas.
It comes as health bosses also revealed 17 hospitals in Greater Manchester could no longer provide priority services.
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Hundreds of other patients have also had major surgeries canceled, and many more are expected in the coming weeks.
Three hospitals affiliated with the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust have reduced operations thanks to “extremely busy” urgent care services and the number of staff taking sick leave.
And Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is facing similar problems, with the absence of nearly 500 staff.
Extra beds are being used at an emergency Nightingale hospital in Manchester to help deal with active patients.
And United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust said it was “unable to maintain a safe level of staff” resulting in “compromised care” on its websites.
Daily Covid cases have surpassed 100,000 in nearly two weeks, with one in 10 NHS staff taking sick leave on New Year’s Eve.
And across the UK, more 3.7 million people contracted the virus in the last week of 2021 – the highest since the record began.
But now it is hoped Britain can follow suit and cut isolation requirements to five days to keep the country afloat.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman yesterday said: “We monitor NHS capacity very closely, which is something we monitor very closely”, before stressing the importance of vaccinations. to return to “normal life”.
They added: “We know that enrollment and occupancy are increasing dramatically at the moment – we don’t see a similar jump in beds requiring ventilation, which is true. Pleasant and almost certainly a function of both the nature of Omicron and our successful enhancement program.”
VACCINES ‘VERY IMPORTANT’
Up to 90% of Covid patients in intensive care units have still don’t have their boost shot.
The Prime Minister said last week: “I am sorry to say this but the majority of people who are currently in intensive care in our hospital are people who are not being strengthened.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re eight times more likely to be hospitalized.
“So it’s a great thing to do. It’s very, very important.”
After announcing serious incidents at three hospitals in Dorset, a spokesman for the NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Great Western Hospital in Swindon, said: “There are also a lot of patients coming in for services. Our urgent and urgent care services mean that our hospital is extremely busy.
“These pressures become even more challenging as we have more employees who are sick with Covid-19 or in isolation, or with other medical conditions.”
Swindon Hospital CEO Kevin McNamara added: “After a difficult few days at GWH, we announced this morning a critical internal incident due to persistently high demand (Covid and no Covid) and bed availability.
“This is causing delays for patients accessing services which I deeply regret.
“We’ve always known that January is going to be a tough month for everyone and our models show that it’s likely to get even tougher over the next few weeks.
“Our teams are working hard to provide care to those in need and of course we are working closely with partners seeking support.”
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