Covid: the army intervened to help the test of “rapid turnaround” of “entire cities”

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The army was enlisted to help set up a “quick turnaround” coronavirus who are you Boris Johnson Said could see “entire cities” tested for Covid-19.

The prime minister, who also said there was “realistic hope for a vaccine in the first quarter of next year”, revealed there was the “immediate prospect” of using millions of ” rapid rollover tests ”that diagnose the coronavirus in ten to 15 minutes.

He said a “steady but massive expansion” of testing deployment is planned for the “next few days and weeks.”

They could be applied in an “ever-increasing number of situations,” he said, such as “helping women have their partners with them in labor rooms when they give birth to tests in entire cities and towns. even entire cities ”.

He added: “The army has been brought in to work on logistics and the program will start in a few days. “



The tests have already been tested in schools and hospitals across the country, Mr Johnson said.

At a press conference in which he announced a new one month lockout for EnglandMr Johnson tried to take a more optimistic tone when talking about rapid testing.

But he also warned that the NHS could be overwhelmed if action is not taken to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Prime Minister said there was a risk that without action “for the first time in our lives the NHS will not be there for us and our families”.

He further warned:

– Some hospitals could run out of capacity “in a matter of weeks”.

– Millions of patients with other medical needs could be denied care.

– Thousands of people could die from Covid-19 every day.

– Doctors would be forced to choose “who would live and who would die”.

– The virus doubles faster than the capacity can be increased.

Mr Johnson warned there would be “several thousand” deaths a day, “many” more than the first peak of coronavirus, if no action is taken.

Without further action, the NHS will exceed its capacity of fixed and augmented beds – including beds in Nightingale hospitals – by the first week of December, even if planned operations are canceled, according to modeling by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (SPI-M). , who advises government scientists, Johnson said.

He said the capacity of the NHS would be so affected that doctors and nurses would be forced to decide ‘who would live and who would die’.

Meanwhile, scientists have warned that the number of deaths in the second peak of the virus had the potential to be “twice or even more” than the first.

There are now almost 11,000 people in UK hospitals, 978 of whom are on ventilators.

A number of hospitals have already been forced to postpone some of their other work to cope with pressure from patients with Covid-19.


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