There has been a new rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the UK by 53,285, with 613 more deaths recorded, reports Skynews.
This is following a rise recorded on New Year’s Eve with 55,892 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours – the highest figure on record – and 964 deaths confirmed.
UK authorities are preparing more medical personnel to handle the flaring number of infected persons and getting hospitals prepared to curtail the effects of the surge.
Mike Adams, the RCN’s England director, told Sky News: “If we are having to cancel leave to staff these areas, the obvious question is where will the staff come from to open the Nightingales?”
“I have real concerns that the expectation that this mass rollout in capacity can happen is misplaced because there aren’t the staff to do it.”
Covid-19 Cases in the UK: Vaccine Shortage Imminent
More than a million persons have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease in the Uk amidst fears that a scarcity of vaccine may hinder further preventive measures for several months.
The UK’s chief medical officers have warned that vaccine shortages are likely to cause problems for “several months”.
A joint statement from England’s Professor Chris Whitty and the chief medical officers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said the public would “understand” and “thank” them for a plan to give first jabs as a priority, delaying the follow-up vaccination for others.
Plans are already on to fast track new vaccines as newly approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will begin on Monday, almost a month after the rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, but second doses of either will now take place within 12 weeks rather than 21 days as initially planned.