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England’s NHS Raises Alert Level to the Highest as Cases Skyrocket

England’s National Health Service (NHS) unit raised its highest level of emergency alert after ICU beds grew scarce amid the UK’s second wave.

England’s National Health Service (NHS) unit raised its highest level of emergency alert after ICU beds grew scarce amid the UK’s second wave.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England said they would  move to “level 4” alert as hospitals experience a surge of severely sick patients, 

“The facts are clear, we are once again facing a serious situation. This is not a situation that anybody wanted to find themselves in, the worst pandemic in a century, but the fact is that the NHS is here,” announced Stevens at a virtual press conference at University College London hospital.

Under the fourth alert level, NHS England will take control of coordination of the NHS’s response, in partnership with local commissioners.

The NHS would also monitor hospitals and decide what steps need to be taken to respond, for example by diverting patients with spare capacity and managing non-COVID-related care.

The current number of COVID patients confined at hospitals in England has risen from 2,000 at the end of September to almost 11,000.

This is the second instance the NHS raised its alert level to the highest since the start of the pandemic. 

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