(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Parliament MPs today debated and votes Ayes – 516 – 38 -Noes to start a second lockdown from midnight tonight Nov.04: until Dec.02: 2020: when all rules will be reviewed in law #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.04: The NHS will not collapse during the coronavirus second wave, but lockdown is needed to stop major disruption to care, health leaders in England say: On Tuesday, the UK recorded a further 397 #Covid19 deaths and 20,018 confirmed cases: They warned the health service was not facing a “normal winter”, with more than 10,000 Covid patients in hospital: Hospitals could take a maximum of about 20,000 Covid cases before they fill up, evidence presented by NHS England at a press briefing suggested: It warned this could happen within weeks unless infection levels reduce:

#Coronavirus Report: MPs in Parliament vote 516-38 in favour of lockdown from midnight tonight to Dec.02: over surge of #Covid19 cases with over 20,000 cases on Tuesday and sadly 397-deaths

It came as MPs have begun debating the new four-week lockdown in England, which is set to come into force after midnight now its approved: The restrictions, which include the closure of pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops, are due to last until 2 December:

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said some hospitals were already cancelling non-urgent work because the pressures were not being evenly felt across the country: The spread of the virus needed to be “minimised” to avoid problems developing further, he said:

He added: “However well-prepared hospitals, the NHS, GP surgeries are, it is going to be a difficult period.”

He said: “We want to try and ensure that the health service is there for everybody, minimising the disruption to the full range of care that we provide, not just Covid but cancer services, routine operations and mental health services.”………..This week, the prime minister warned that without action the NHS would be placed in an impossible position:

Boris Johnson told MPs “the sick would be turned away because there was no room in our hospitals,” with doctors and nurses potentially “forced to choose which patients to treat, who would live and who would die”

Dr Alison Pittard, dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, said she was confident the NHS was “not going to collapse” But she said it was close to the point where non-Covid treatments were on the brink of being disrupted on a significant scale: She also urged people to get behind the NHS and lockdown: “One of the things that helped all healthcare workers through the first wave was the support from the British public and that really got lots of people through that.”

‘ Earlier, Sir Simon said the NHS would be “geared up” to deliver a potential vaccine before Christmas, if one becomes available ‘

Sir Simon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are over 200 vaccines in development and we believe that we should hopefully get one or more of those available from the first part of next year: “In anticipation of that, we’re also gearing the NHS up to be ready to make a start on administering Covid vaccines before Christmas, if they become available.”………………Sir Simon later told the press briefing the NHS’s “central expectation” was that a vaccine would be possible by the start of next year: He also suggested that all patient-facing NHS staff would soon be given routine testing, regardless of symptoms.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson apologised for the “nightmare” Covid situation and vowed not to extend restrictions: On Sunday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said Sunday England’s lockdown could continue beyond 2 December, adding that ministers will be “guided by the facts”.

In a pre-recorded speech to the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference, the PM said the restrictions went “against every free market instinct I possess” “And, believe me, we will end these autumn measures on 2 December when they expire,” he added: Ahead of the new restrictions that would see them close, retailers and other businesses extended their opening hours to meet a surge in demand:

The new measures – announced by Mr Johnson on Saturday – have also seen couples rearrange weddings before they are prohibited for all but seriously ill people who are not expected to recover:

Chief constables of five north-west England police constabularies have signed a letter committing to greater levels of enforcement of the restrictions during lockdown:

In other developments, clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are being strongly advised not to go to work outside their homes during lockdown from Thursday: And the guidance has expanded the extremely vulnerable group to include adults with Down’s Syndrome.

‘ The advice also says that most children originally on the shielded patient list no longer need to be because of the very low risk of them becoming sick from coronavirus, and can therefore attend school ‘

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Nov.04: 2020:

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