Seventy coronavirus outbreaks ‘rip through north east care homes and hospitals’

Coronavirus outbreaks are hitting care homes and hospitals in one of England’s top coronavirus hot-spots, a report claims.

England’s north east and Yorkshire are leading the nation in coronavirus infections and death rates, as pressure grows for a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown.

The Mirror reported tonight how Leeds health services are “very close” to having to strip back planned treatments due to coronavirus pressures.

Officials have been told to prepare the Nightingale hospital in Harrogate to receive patients.

A report in The Independent claims Covid-19 claims hospitals and care homes in the north east alone reported 70 separate outbreaks in a single day.

Of that total, 37 separate outbreaks were reported at a number of care homes on Monday, the website claims.

It comes as local authorities have been asked to urgently identify “designated facilities” to manage any rapid discharge of hospital patients back into care homes.

A letter to the directors of adult services from the Department of Health and Social Care says patients with positive Covid-19 tests must be discharged into an “appropriate designated setting”.

At least 500 are being readied for November, but some care providers today worried the scheme was “severely lacking” in operational detail – like how they would be staffed.

And the building pressure on hospitals has led to some warning they will be forced to cancel routine surgeries, and are grappling with filling voids left by staff forced to self-isolate.

NHS Nightingale Hospitals are once again on standby as medics across the worst-hit regions of England warn hospital beds are filling up.

The Independent’s report tonight said South Tees Hospital Trust had seven separate outbreaks, with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Trust each having six separate outbreaks, and South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust had five.

Hospitals in Sheffield, Leeds, Mid Yorkshire and Huddersfield all had at least four outbreaks on wards, it continued.

The report claimed hospitals in Doncaster, North Tees, Durham, Bradford and Barnsley also had at least two separate outbreaks.

The figure is believed to be contained a daily monitoring report sent out to regional authorities keeping watch on outbreak rates.

Mirror Online has approached NHS England for comment on the figures.

The region is among the worst-hit by surging coronavirus rates in the UK.

The majority of Wednesday’s 108 deaths in England were again today concentrated in the north east and north west.

A further 16 died in hospitals in the north east and Yorkshire.

In the north east and Yorkshire region, the new fatalities included four in Doncaster and Bassetlaw teaching hospitals, two in Northumbria and three in Sheffield.

The majority of those who died with Covid-19 in England’s hospitals were aged between 60 and 80-plus, according to Wednesday’s figures.

A total 25 were in north western areas where millions had been plunged into local lockdowns even before the new three-tier system came into effect today.

Liverpool city region was the first to be thrust into the ‘very high’ top alert level by the government.

Greater Manchester leaders have united to demand financial bailouts if Boris Johnson’s government forces the region into Tier 3 as well, amid reports claiming crunch-talks are being held without the local mayors’ input.

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