The government’s first emergency field hospital to treat coronavirus patients has opened in ExCel center in east London.
The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital can accommodate up to 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned in the UK.
The number of people who died from coronaviruses in the UK increased by 684 in 24 hours, the latest figures show it.
He intervenes as the Queen addresses the nation in a televised speech on Sunday.
The specially recorded speech on the coronavirus epidemic will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. BST.
The health ministry said that at 5:00 p.m. Paris time on April 2, the total number of deaths was now 3,605, compared to 2,921. There are 38,168 confirmed cases.
In Scotland, the number of deaths increased by 46, while in Wales, another 24 died. At NI, the number of people who died from coronavirus has increased by 12.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced that he contracted the virus last Friday, said he would continue to isolate himself after continuing to show mild symptoms of the virus, including high temperature. .
The ExCel exhibit space – typically used for large events such as Comic Con – was transformed into a hospital in just nine days.
It is the first of several Nightingale hospitals planned for England, with the latest announcement that two will be built at the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Center.
Others are slated to be housed in the Manchester Central Complex as well as the Birmingham National Exhibition Center, which opens April 12.
In Wales, more than 6,000 additional beds are in temporary hospitals – many of which are in sports and leisure facilities, including Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
In Scotland, a temporary hospital is being built at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow. It could accommodate up to 1,000 beds and will be named NHS Louisa Jordan after a nurse who served in Serbia during the First World War.
And the tower block of Belfast City Hospital will become the first Nightingale hospital in Northern Ireland with 230 beds.
Prince Charles officially opened the new hospital with a message honoring NHS staff via video link from his home on the royal estate of Balmoral in Scotland.
Speaking after seven days of self-isolation after being diagnosed with the virus, he called it “a spectacular and almost incredible feat.”
It shows “how the impossible could be made possible and how we can achieve the unthinkable through human will and ingenuity,” he added, adding, “In this dark time, this place will be a bright light ”.
The Nightingale Hospital in London initially had 500 beds in place, with space for 3,500 others. He will take care of patients with the virus in intensive care who have been transferred from other London hospitals.
Staff from across the NHS will work there, including nursing students, medical students who started working early, and former doctors, nurses, and other staff who have retired .
Also at the ceremony, Secretary of Health Matt Hancock – who also recently emerged from quarantine after contracting the virus – British head nurse Ruth May and NHS Nightingale chief Professor Charles Knight.
May said it was “entirely appropriate” for the hospital to be named after Florence Nightingale, who was “an iconic nursing leader of her time” and “an infection control pioneer” “
Hancock said the construction of the hospital “was a testament to the hard work and brilliance of the many involved,” and that it showed “the best of the NHS.”
“In these troubled times with this invisible killer stalking the world, the fact that in this country we have the NHS is even more precious than before,” he said.
“Like a Heathrow terminal full of beds”
By BBC News correspondent Angus Crawford
There were lots of high visibility vests, but an equal amount of fighting and casual suits and ties. Some carried computers, others drills.
They pushed blanket carts, wooden pallets and high-tech wheeled scanning equipment.
The range of staff working on the nightingale is extraordinary. Military personnel stand in small groups to discuss logistics, while Portuguese-speaking carpenters build the new temporary pharmacy, senior doctors design and standardize each cabin with space for a ventilator and computer terminal, sockets oxygen and an alarm button.
I saw a brand new hospital – possibly the largest in the country – coming out of what are basically two airplane hangers.
Imagine Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport full of beds and you’re almost there.
A man involved in the vital task of installing liquid oxygen tanks, with dark rings around their eyes, told me proudly that they had completed a 12-week project in four days. It’s an incredible achievement.
It was celebrated today by Prince Charles with a royal “lockdown” visit and a cut of virtual ribbon.
Earlier, amid controversy over the deployment of coronavirus testing in the UK, Hancock said the government had “a huge amount of work to do” to reach its goal of 100,000 tests per day. ‘here at the end of April.
Following confusion as to whether the target was only for England or for the whole of the United Kingdom, Hancock confirmed that it was for the whole of the United Kingdom.
The 100,000 could include both swab tests, which check if someone has the virus, and blood antibody tests, to check if someone has had the virus recently – but which are not yet generalized. .
Hancock said he doesn’t count on new blood tests for antibodies to reach the target – and that they may all be swab tests. The Labor Party asked for more details about the plan.
Thursday, there was a capacity of 12,799 daily tests in England – although only 11,764 people were tested. In mid-April, the government’s goal was to test 25,000 a day.
In other developments:
- Teachers in England will be asked to rate the grades they think students would have obtained in the canceled GCSE and A exams. It will be used by exam juries to decide on results – as well as a ranking by capacity of students in each subject of a school, also judged by teachers.
- 560 new fans produced following industry call for help
- The BBC has announced that it will offer the biggest educational push in its history to help parents and children block viruses
- 36-year-old NHS nurse dies after spending weeks in intensive care with coronavirus
- Heathrow to close one of its runways next week as air traffic continues to drop
- On Thursday evening, people across the United Kingdom participated in a second “Clap for Carers” tribute, saluting NHS staff and other key workers.