The north west has been flagged as an area of concern due to the region’s rising rate of coronavirus hospital admissions.
Public Health England medical director Professor Yvonne Doyle has warned that while London is seeing numbers level out, the North West is an area where admissions are still increasing.
When discussing the number of people currently in hospital with COVID-19 in Sunday’s press briefing, she said: We can begin to see London stabilising.
But on the other hand for Great Britain we start to see other areas increasing, particularly the north west and Yorkshire.”
She added: Its very important that the message about staying home and social distancing is adhered to because we are certainly not past this crisis damage yet.
The warning comes as it was revealed more than 500 people with coronavirus have now died in Greater Manchester’s hospitals.
The latest NHS England data released on Sunday afternoon showed that another 36 Covid-19 fatalities had occurred, bringing the region’s death toll to 505.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the region, announced seven more deaths today.
There were also eight more deaths at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, one at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, five more at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, four more at Stockport, a further six at Tameside, two at the Christie and three more at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
The number of coronavirus patients to die in Greater Manchester hospitals has now passed 500
The total figures for coronavirus related deaths at Greater Manchester hospitals currently stand at:
- Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – 65
- Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – 115
- Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – 87
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – 84
- Stockport NHS Foundation Trust – 58
- Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – 52
- The Christie NHS Foundation Trust – 5
- Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust – 39
It comes as the UKs death toll reached a the grim milestone of 10,000, with another 737 fatalities in just 24 hours.
Manchester’s Nightingale Hospital at the former G-MEX centre opened its doors to patients for the first time today.
The temporary facility provides an additonal 650 beds for COVID-19 patients, with capacity for another 100 beds, should they be required.
The majority of patients will be those in process of being ‘stepped-down’ from ICU and critical care beds at neighbouring hospitals.
Mr Hancock today insisted that NHS critical care capacity is better than it was before the pandemic. He said: “There is more spare capacity for critical care than before coronavirus hit our shores.
“This critical expansion is partly because we have a record number of ventilators and record number of returners on the NHS frontline.”
He added that as of Sunday, there are currently 2,295 spare critical care beds, up 150 from yesterday.