Covid: Bring back rules amid rising cases, urge NHS chiefs

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By Hazel Shearing
BBC News

Some Covid restrictions indispensable instantly beryllium reintroduced if England is to debar "stumbling into a wintertime crisis", wellness leaders person warned.

The NHS Confederation said ministers' "Plan B" back-up strategy, including mandatory look coverings successful crowded and enclosed spaces, should beryllium implemented.

UK cases person been rising sharply but deaths are good beneath the wintertime peak.

The authorities says it has "absolutely nary plan" to bring backmost measures but is keeping a "very adjacent eye" connected the data.

Daily cases person been supra 40,000 for 7 days successful a row, with 43,738 caller Covid cases reported connected Tuesday.

Another 223 deaths were recorded, the highest since March, though regular figures are often bigger connected Tuesdays.

Under the government's wintertime plan, if the measures presently successful spot are not capable to forestall "unsustainable pressure" connected the NHS, past steps similar making look coverings mandatory successful immoderate settings and introducing vaccine passports could beryllium considered as portion of Plan B to power coronavirus successful England.

Matthew Taylor, caput of the NHS Confederation, which represents wellness work organisations, is urging the authorities to rotation retired these other measures to debar hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

"The NHS is preparing for what could beryllium the astir challenging wintertime connected record," helium said.

"It is clip for the authorities to enact Plan B of its strategy without hold due to the fact that without pre-emptive action, we hazard stumbling into a wintertime crisis."

Ministers "should not hold for Covid infections to rocket and for NHS pressures to beryllium entity precocious earlier the panic alarm is sounded", helium added.

It is not astonishing that NHS leaders are informing astir a precise challenging clip up with the hazard of a "winter crisis".

Some whitethorn consciousness it is simply a acquainted refrain and that the wellness work often raises concerns up of winter.

But the value of this involution by the NHS Confederation is that it came conscionable hours aft Downing Street had ruled retired Plan B astatine this signifier and said it had not been discussed by the cabinet.

The confederation is, successful effect, taking contented with ministers by suggesting the cardinal authorities trial for implementing Plan B successful England - the likelihood of the NHS coming nether unsustainable unit - has already been met.

Concerns astir the gait of the rollout of the vaccine booster programme and a dependable summation successful Covid cases and infirmary numbers person near immoderate amber lights flashing.

Ministers volition reason much clip is needed to measure information earlier taking large decisions connected restrictions affecting mundane lives.

But they person acknowledged they volition present beryllium keeping "a precise adjacent eye" connected lawsuit numbers.

The NHS Confederation has besides called for a bundle of further measures to enactment frontline services - what it presumption arsenic a "Plan B plus". This could see encouraging radical to get vaccinated, crook up to appointments connected clip and adjacent unpaid to enactment the NHS.

Its request came aft Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the furniture connected Tuesday that the UK faces "a hard winter".

His spokesperson said there were "no plans" to usage the Plan B contingency measures, but added: "Clearly we're keeping a precise adjacent oculus connected rising lawsuit rates."

The astir important connection for the nationalist was "the captious value of the booster programme and so for those children who are eligible to travel guardant and get our jab", the spokesperson said.

The seven-day mean of caller Covid cases successful the UK has risen from astir 34,000 a time astatine the opening of October to 44,145 cases per day.

And the fig of radical successful infirmary crossed the UK who person Covid has risen by 10% successful a week, from 7,039 connected 11 October to 7,749 connected Monday.

The fig of deaths wrong 28 days of a affirmative coronavirus trial reported connected Tuesday was the highest since 9 March, though owed to reporting lags implicit the play regular figures are often higher connected a Tuesday.

On Tuesday Northern Ireland announced its ain autumn and wintertime plan, which volition spot look coverings stay a ineligible request successful crowded indoor spaces.

The Welsh authorities has antecedently acceptable retired its plans for winter, with First Minister Mark Drakeford saying Christmas this twelvemonth was apt to beryllium much normal.

Scotland has acceptable retired a wintertime vaccination strategy and already has measures successful spot specified arsenic the request of impervious of vaccination presumption astatine nightclubs and face masks successful schools.

Meanwhile, officials accidental they are monitoring a caller descendant of the Delta variant of Covid, which is causing a increasing fig of infections.

Downing Street said determination was "no grounds to suggest it is much easy spread".

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