An Essex hospital is reportedly having to treat patients in the back of ambulances.
Queen’s Hospital in Romford is struggling with a shortage of beds to treat patients and, according to Sky News, the hospital also has a shortage of staff to treat those that need them. As a result ehy are reporting patients are having to be treated in the back of ambulances.
There are also reports that other Essex hospitals, including Southend, Basildon and Broomfield also have shortages of beds and staff, although these have not been confirmed.
The news comes shortly after it was revealed that there are now more people in England’s hospitals with coronavirus than during the peak in April.
This is being blamed on the new strain of the virus that was announced just weeks ago.
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The new strain isn’t believed to be any more dangerous, however it is believed to be up to 70 per cent more transmittable than the previous strain.
A large amount of England, including the whole of Essex, London and Hertfordshire are now in Tier 4 as the government try to stop coronavirus spreading.
Tier 4 restrictions are similar to those seen in the November lockdown.
All non-essential shops, self care businesses, hospitality venues and leisure centres have had to once again close.
Everyone in Tier 4 has been told to stay at home wherever possible.
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