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".

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 10:38 am

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: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • 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

NHS facing ‘most unique’ situation in its history

Sir Simon Stevens said the NHS is facing the most “unique” situation in its history.

Asked if the nation’s health service has ever been in a more precarious situation, he told the Andrew Marr show: “No. This is a unique event in our 72-year history, it’s become glib to talk about this as the worst pandemic in a century, but that is clearly correct.

“We have got three-quarters more Covid inpatients now then we had in the April peak.

“Although we are seeing some promising signs of the steadying of the infection rates, the fact is they are still far too high and, among some age groups, still rising.”

Sheffield Covid-19 death toll pushes 700

Sheffield's coronavirus stats show death toll nearing 700

A further 11 people who tested positive for coronavirus in Sheffield have died, official figures show.

Patient admitted to hospital with coronavirus in England ‘every 30 seconds’ as NHS struggles to cope, health boss warns

Someone is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus “every thirty seconds”, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has said.

He 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.

“Staggeringly, every thirty seconds across England another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.”

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