CORONAVIRUS ‘deaths in the Midlands hotspot have passed London – Michael Gove admits today that this is an “area of special concern”.
Today’s daily briefing No10 revealed that hospital admissions had exploded 47% in the region in a single day.
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His comments came as the death toll in Britain today reached 708 on the deadliest day, with the grim total now at 4,353.
Among them is a five-year-old child with underlying health conditions – the youngest victim of coronavirus to date in Europe.
Of the latest deaths in England, 212 were in the Midlands – almost double the 127 people who died in the Covid-19 hotspot in London.
Gove said work is now “speeding up” on “transforming the Birmingham National Exhibition Center into a 2,000-bed Nightingale hospital.”
He intervenes after a warning: hospitals in the West Midlands will reach full capacity next week.
Mayor Andy Street said the area appears to be the next hotspot after London – with plans to transform the temporary hospital into the UK’s largest medical center.
He added, “The wait, given the modeling of the spread of this disease, means that we will need the capacity of NEC Nightingale Hospital roughly when it needs to open. “
A temporary morgue for up to 12,000 bodies is under construction at Birmingham Airport – next to the NEC.
The death toll in the Midlands is higher than in the seven NHS England regions except London.
The Sun had previously revealed how Wolverhampton became a ghost town after the positive cases exploded.
The government has identified the West Midlands as a hotspot for the disease – amid reports that the sudden hike in and around Wolverhampton could have been caused by a popular worshiper.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said authorities were doing their best to find out why the hotspot had emerged.
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He said, “There is a hotspot, not as big as in London, but there is a hotspot in the Midlands.
“This is something that we are looking at very very closely to find out why, frankly. “
Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK with around 1.1 million people in the city. A total of about 3.8 million live in the metropolitan area.
The multicultural community is also one of the largest travel hubs thanks to East Midlands Airport and the Midlands Rail Hub.
Cases of coronavirus positive have increased from 38,168 to 41,903 today, the ministry of health said.
New figures from the Department of Health show that cases today have increased by 3,735 – less than yesterday’s increase of 4,450 – suggesting that the “curve” may flatten out.
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Those who were positive for Covid-19 had increased on average by around 17% per day, but this is the first time that there has been a drop in the infection rate today.
This comes as the British were warned not to flout government lockdown advice this weekend as temperatures rise to 20 ° C.
But some were still slapped and did not practice social distancing while working in the parks and cycling in large groups.
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