Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals in England 'every 30 seconds'
The fight against Covid-19 continues, with a patient being admitted to hospital with coronavirus “every thirty seconds".
Sir Simon Stevens told the Andrew Marr Show: “The facts are very clear and I’m not going to sugar-coat them, hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure.“Since Christmas Day we’ve seen another 15,000 increase in the in-patients in hospitals across England, that’s the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients."Meanwhile, the vaccination effort in Sheffield continues but could be set for more disruption with further snow predicted to fall in the city next week.Follow our live blog for all the latest on coronavirus and other news across Sheffield.
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Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals in England ‘every 30 seconds’
Last updated: Sunday, 17 January, 2021, 14:37
- NHS England chief executive warns staff are under ‘extreme pressure’ as one patient is admitted with coronavirus ‘every 30 seconds’
- Meanwhile, vaccination effort continues in Sheffield- but more snow forecast next week
- Sheffield Covid-19 death toll edges towards 700 as 11 more die in city’s hospitals
Cover claims the lives of 631 more people in England
A further 631 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 60,921, NHS England said on Sunday.
Patients were aged between 29 and 103. All except 31, aged between 46 and 93, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between November 5 and January 16.
There were 36 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Residents to be evacuated from unsafe flats for SECOND time during lockdown
Sheffield residents are to be evacuated from an ‘unsafe’ block of flats in the city for the second time in just over a month.
City Grab deliveries resume after snow caused havoc
Sheffield food delivery service City Grab resumes deliveries after heavy snow caused havoc on city's roads
Residents can once again order takeaway food deliveries from Sheffield firm City Grab as their services return back to normal, after heavy snow caused havoc on roads earlier this week.
‘Half of all over-80s’ vaccinated against Covid
Half of all over-80s have been vaccinated against coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
He tweeted: “I’m delighted that over half of all over-80s have been vaccinated.
“Each jab brings us one step closer to normal.
“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”
Jonathan Reynolds added that a system whereby workers can report employers who are forcing them into work during the pandemic when they can effectively work from home should be considered.
Asked if there needs to be a helpline or email where workers who are being pressured into work can report their bosses, the shadow work and pensions secretary told Times Radio: “Yes. I mean the first thing to say is that people should join a trade union, everyone should have independent workplace representation.
“Any person, whatever your job is, will benefit from having that.
“But, yes, I do think a way of people being able to raise – not just for their own safety, though clearly that should be paramount – it is also about getting those infection rates down, protecting the NHS.”
WEATHER ALERT: Sheffield braces for three days of heavy downpours
The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for Sheffield over the next three days as heavy rain is expected to fall over the city.
Sheffield University Health Centre becomes latest Covid-19 vaccination hub as residents receive jab for first time
The University of Sheffield Health Centre has started administering anti-Covid-19 injections to residents in the city today after it became one of the latest vaccination hubs.
It would be “daft” for the Government to cut unemployment support during a recession, the shadow work and pensions secretary has said.
Asked whether he expects any Conservative MPs to vote alongside Labour over plans to cut the £20 Universal Credit uplift, Jonathan Reynolds told Times Radio: “Yes, I think some are certainly considering that. However they vote, I think a lot of Conservative colleagues do agree with us.
“I mean, look, governments do not cut unemployment support in recessions – you’ve got to go back to the Great Depression to find an example of a government in the UK daft enough to do that – and there are good reasons for that.
“£1,000 a year for a low-income family, that is like your gas, your electric, your broadband bill for the year all rolled in together. So, it will have a real impact on people, but, as I say, it is also the wrong choice for the economy.”
Mr Reynolds added “there is no credibility” to the argument that MPs should not be taking a view on the matter, adding: “People expect their MPs to make a decision on this.”
Lockdown ‘could be eased gradually’ around spring and summer time
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said he expects lockdown to be eased gradually around spring and summer time.
He said: “It is not going to be the case that on Valentine’s Day, with one bound, we are free.
“Equally, I don’t think we will have to wait until the autumn, I think somewhere between those two.
“Subject, of course, to this uncertainty around new variants of coronavirus and it will be very important we don’t see those taking off in a way that undermines the effectiveness of the vaccines we have.”
140 Covid jabs administered ‘every minute’
Sir Simon Stevens added that the NHS in England is vaccinating at a rate of “140 jabs a minute”.
He said: “We will start testing 24/7 in some hospitals over the course of the next 10 days.
“But we are at the moment vaccinating at about 140 jabs a minute and yesterday (Saturday), a quarter of a million people got their vaccinations on the NHS.
“I’m pretty confident by the time we get to the end of today, Sunday night, we will have perhaps done 1.5 million vaccinations this past week, that’s up from around a million the week before.”