UK News Military medics to be sent to Northern Ireland to help hospital staff treating COVID patients
Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas
Just over a third of local areas have recorded a week-on-week rise in rates.The figures, for the seven days to September 10, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has granted a request to send around 100 military medics to Northern Ireland to support hospitals in need of help to deal with the number of coronavirus patients, Sky News has learnt.
The service personnel are understood to be set to deploy in the next few days.
They are expected to support Belfast City Hospital and Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. A third hospital may also receive assistance.
A defence source said the authorisation to deploy the medics had been granted from Friday.
A second source said it was thought the personnel would arrive in Northern Ireland from 29 September and start work on 4 October.
Care homes 'have to shut or break law' due to mandatory Covid jabs
Unions and care bosses have warned of a staffing exodus in English care homes due to the requirement for carers to be vaccinated with two doses by November 11. Today is the last day for tens of thousands of care home workers who are yet to get their first injection, due to the eight-week gap between doses.Of the 470,000 care home workers who look after elderly residents in England, 92 per cent had their first dose as of September 5, while 84 per cent are fully-jabbed. The GMB trade union estimate 70,000 staff who look after elderly residents may not be immunised in time for the November 11 deadline.
The army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have provided thousands of personnel to help with the government's response to thepandemic across the UK since the crisis began.
But the number of so-called MACA (military assistance to the civil authority) operations had dropped significantly in recent months.
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However, on Tuesday, the MoD said 225 Armed Forces personnel would deploy to support the Scottish Ambulance Service in the fight against COVID-19 from Saturday.
Some 114 personnel will boost the number of ambulance drivers, and a further 111 personnel will operate Mobile Testing Units in Scotland.
Quarter of Covid inpatients being treated for a different illness
NHS statistics show there were 6,146 beds in England taken up by people who were Covid positive on September 14, the latest date with data - but a quarter may have been 'incidental' cases.Health service statistics show there were 6,146 NHS beds taken up by people who were coronavirus positive on September 14, the latest date data is available for.
Last week, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeonas she apologised "unreservedly" for long waiting times.
was questioned by parliament about the death of Gerald Brown, a 65-year-old from Glasgow, who reportedly died after waiting 40 hours for an ambulance.
"Our ambulance service is working under acute pressure right now, largely due to COVID," Ms Sturgeon told MSPs in Holyrood last Thursday, as she offered her condolences to Mr Brown's family.
"I want to take the opportunity to thank the paramedics and ambulance technicians for the work they're doing in such difficult circumstances.
"While they are responding heroically to these challenges, I recognise that some people are not getting the standard of service that they should be getting, or indeed the service the Scottish Ambulance Service wants to deliver.
"That is not acceptable, and I apologise unreservedly to anyone who has suffered or who is suffering from unacceptably long waits."
Number of Britons falling ill with Covid rises almost 30% in a week .
King's College London scientists estimated 58,126 people were being infected with the virus every day in the week to September 25, up 28.9 per cent from the previous seven day spell. Cases have soared in children ever since millions of youngsters returned to classrooms following the summer holidays. But now infections appear to be spilling over into their parents, a trend MailOnline revealed earlier this week. Professor Tim Spector, who leads the study, said cases were now being passed up the 'generational ladder'.