January 2 The United Kingdom has restarted the square cabin hospital established at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic and closed London’s primary schools on Friday (January 1) to cope with the rapid spread of the more infectious mutant coronavirus.
According to Reuters on the 2nd, the number of new confirmed cases in the UK has exceeded 50,000 per day in the past four days, and the health service said it is preparing for the expected peak of patients and needs more beds.
Just days ago, Royal London Hospital told staff in an email that the hospital is now in a “disaster mode” and cannot provide high standards of intensive care.
Sky News also reported that on New Year’s Eve, the intensive care units of three hospitals in London were full, forcing patients to be transferred to other hospitals for intensive care.
The government decided to close all primary schools in London, as the capital of the United Kingdom, was one of the hardest hit areas by the new mutant virus, and the mutant virus increased its infectivity by 70%.
Gavin Williamson, the British Secretary of State for Education, said: “The education and well-being of children remain the country’s top priority.” Moving schools in other parts of London to distance learning is indeed a last resort and a temporary solution.”
Hospitals in places such as conference centers have long been built, but they have hardly been used and have been on standby.
“The NHS London is being asked to ensure that square cabin hospitals are reactivated and ready to take in patients when needed,” said a spokesperson for the NHS.
At present, the United Kingdom is still one of the hardest hit countries in the world. The UK is battling a new wave of virus that has killed more than 74,000 people in the UK and destroyed the country’s economy.
In the last 24 hours of Friday (on the day), 53,285 cases were recorded in the country, and 613 new deaths were recorded.