Midlands records more daily coronavirus deaths than London

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Caption: Midlands kills more people than London
photos: PA

It is feared that the Mildlands will quickly become the epicenter of the UK coronavirus after the daily death toll has surpassed London and hospital admissions in the region have increased by almost 50% this week.

On Friday, another 212 people diagnosed with Covid-19 died in the Midlands region, out of a total of 637 people across England.

Michael Gove, speaking at the government’s daily press briefing yesterday, confirmed the 47% increase in admissions to the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, each increasing by 35%.

The surge in deaths in the UK has led to growing speculation that regional hospitals may collapse under increasing pressure.

Lancaster Duchy Chancellor Michael Gove speaks to media at Downing Street on the coronavirus on Saturday April 4 (Photo: PA)

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The Secretary of Health has already announced two more emergency field hospitals in Nightingale to join those already planned in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow as well as the 4,000-bed Excel center in London.

The first NHS front-line hospital staff member known to have died of the virus was Midlands doctor Amged El-Hawrani, 55, at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester last Saturday.

Mr. El-Hawrani was an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Queen’s Hospital Burton.

Gove said he had been in touch with West Midlands mayor Andy Street about the crisis.

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Hospital admissions in London have declined in recent days, but have increased in the Midlands (Photo: Downing Street)

The minister also confirmed 708 deaths from coronaviruses in Britain, the number of deaths having jumped 20% in one day to reach 4,313, including the youngest victim of the disease in the United Kingdom, a child of five years with underlying health problems.

NHS England National Medical Director Stephen Powis joined Gove on the podium and said the cases were beginning to show signs of stabilization, but could not yet explain why some areas were growing exponentially.

Asked why the Midlands, North East England and Yorkshire were increasing, Professor Powis said it was “difficult to give a specific explanation”.

To cope with the growing threat, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has increased bed capacity by 20% in the past three weeks, chief executive Toby Lewis said with more information to come.

Last Friday, he added, “Over the next five days, we will increase by 400%, that is, the breadth of our intensive care offer. “

He continued, “To be clear, this is the kind of ladder that NHS hospitals across the West Midlands have been asked to prepare for.

“Based on an expectation of a large increase in patient needs over the next two weeks. “

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