Boris Johnson warned all England hospitals ‘could be full by December’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned that England's hospitals will be full by December unless further lockdowns are put in place, reports have claimed.

A source told the Daily Mail ministers were warned "in clear terms" that every hospital bed in the country will be occupied by December 17 if no further action is taken.

The source said: "They would have no choice but to turn people away, including additional Covid patients, people who have heart attacks, cancer, road accident victims – because there would be no beds to put them in or staff to treat them.

"There could be a repeat here of the scenes in Lombardy in Italy at the start of the pandemic – the sick put in operating rooms or corridors.

"Hospital admissions are forecast to go up slowly for the next few weeks but shoot up towards Christmas."

They added that socially distancing measures will make it twice as hard to provide beds for patients who need them.

"People don't realise that social distancing measures can mean only 10 beds in a ward meant to take 20," they said.

"And there is a finite number of trained ICU staff – you cannot do it without special training."

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A Downing Street source confirmed the government had been warned hospital beds could be full by Christmas.

It is understood that the warning of no available ward beds would include the emergency "Nightingale" hospitals set up to cover the surge in cases.

Meanwhile, a leaked Sage document has claimed deaths could peak at around 800 a day by late February, with up to 25,000 people hospitalised.

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That document, which was known about by the government back in the summer, predicted deaths could hit 100 a day by the end of October.

But the UK's seven-day rolling average is currently 230, with 280 people dying on Thursday and 310 on Wednesday.

The alarming report found the second wave would last until March or April, with "at least" 500 deaths a day between December and February.

While new research suggests there are around 100,000 new cases a day in England as the deadly virus rages.

Sage medics have also warned that all of England needs to be under the highest Tier 3 lockdown by Christmas.

Sir Patrick Vallance's latest infection model shows that more than 25,000 could be hospitalised by the end of November.

  • Lockdown
  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus

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