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US News More than 9,000 people with coronavirus being treated in hospital

19:00  30 march  2020
19:00  30 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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More than 9,000 people who have coronavirus are now being treated in hospitals across England.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens admitted the number is "only going to increase" in his latest update that confirmed a rise of at least 2,800 patients since Friday.

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On a visit to the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital being set up in London's ExCel centre, he tried to reassure the public that "mass mobilisation" to create more such buildings will increase the number of patients with coronavirus that can be treated.

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"This has been an extraordinary team effort on the part of nurses and doctors and therapists and pharmacists across London, but also volunteers and paramedics and people returning to help," he said on Monday.

"And when these services are needed, they will be available beginning later this week, and because this is a global health emergency we're actually seeing similar types of hospitals being established in Berlin and Madrid and New York."

Sir Simon also promised the number of COVID-19 tests for NHS staff will be doubled by the end of this week.

Around 800 samples were processed over the weekend.

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The tests are being offered first to critical care nurses, A&E staff and ambulance personnel, he said, before being rolled out to "a much wider group of NHS staff over the coming days and weeks".

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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