London hospitals facing ‘tsunami’ of coronavirus cases

26 March 2020 – BBC News

Chris Hopson, of NHS Providers, representing hospitals, said that London was facing a “tsunami” of coronavirus cases and starting to run out of intensive care beds.

A third of the UK cases have been diagnosed in the city and high staff absence rates were contributing to the problem.

Mr Hopson said that, while extra capacity was being brought in (including 4,000 beds at the ExCel centre in London’s Docklands) hospital Chief Executives were concerned it would be used up “very quickly“.

The NHS has taken unprecedented steps to prepare for the peak, which experts say is just two or three weeks away.

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