Coronavirus situation "extremely serious" as UK heads for national lockdown
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As the UK heads into a second national lockdown Julia Burrows, director of public health for the borough says she is concerned at the number of people in intesive care with the virus.
"I’m concerned by the increase in people being hospitalised and the rise in number of people who are in intensive care with COVID-19. This is now extremely serious," she said.
"Some of these are people who were infected several weeks ago when our rates were lower. I am very worried that when rates climb, it can only mean more people becoming seriously ill.
"As you know we have seen a steep rate of increase over the past few weeks and we are now seeing hopeful signs the rate of increase is steadying. We need to work hard together to prevent further steep rises and protect vulnerable people in our community."
During the government's national annoucementt of a second lockdown on Saturday (October 31), a graph showed that Barnsley Hospital had more than half of the covid inpatients than the previous peak by October 10, and inpatient numbers had exceeded the previous peak by October 22.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during the address: "From Thursday until the start of December, you must stay at home.
"You may only leave home for specific reasons.
"We’ve got to be humble in the face of nature.”