A “Major Incident” was declared by the county of Essex in Southeast England amid soaring cases of the CCP virus that threaten to overwhelm local health and care services.
It was issued in response to a “significant growing demand” on local services, the ERF said.
It said in a media release emailed to The Epoch Times that the pressure on the NHS and care services is around “critical care and bed capacity, staff sickness/self-isolation levels, and the system’s ability to discharge patients quickly into safe environments.”
'Limited Capacity' in HospitalsHe urged locals to only call 999 or attend hospital Accident and Emergency departments in an emergency to “help protect the very limited capacity available at our hospitals.”
Anthony McKeever, Executive Lead for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership, said they are taking “every action possible” to “limit the impact on the NHS and the wider health system” including finding additional places to discharge people to, so the pressure on hospital beds can be eased.