The latest NHS figures show that beds occupied by Covid patients have risen from 10,658 the previous Monday.
Speaking in the House of Lords debate, Lord Kamal, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care, said if the situation “gets to the point where it affects waste, then clearly action may be necessary. be introduced”.
The latest official figures show that 2.7 million people in private households had Covid-19 last week, up 18 percent from 2.3 million the previous week.
Lord Kamal’s comments came after the European Health Authority issued its second recommendation A booster jab Offered to over 60s in response to new ‘spread wave’.
Last week independent Reports how staff absenteeism levels are rising across NHS trusts amid rising community infection rates. The number of infections has prompted whole NHS regions to re-introduce the wearing of masks in hospitals and GP practices.
Senior NHS staff told independent Their hospitals were close to canceling scheduled surgeries last week because of the absence.
Meanwhile, according to reports Journal of Health ServicesNHS leaders may now also try to lower targets to reduce surgery.
In an update on Monday, the European Center for Disease Control recommended that people aged 60 to 79 and those at high risk of severe disease consider a second booster pill.
Dr Andrea Amon, director of the European Center for Disease Control, said: “We are currently seeing an increasing rate of Covid case notifications and an increasing trend in hospital and intensive care unit admissions and detentions in several countries, mainly driven by the BA 5 subline. Omicron.
“This signals the beginning of a new, widespread Covid wave in the EU. There are still too many people at risk of severe covid infection that we need to protect as soon as possible. We need to remind people of the importance of vaccination from the first injection to the second booster. We have to start today.”
On Monday, pharmaceutical giant Moderna also said its new Omicron-specific vaccine booster showed better antibody responses to the current variants BA.4 and BA.5, which are driving the latest wave of Covid.
The report comes as the UK awaits a decision from the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunization on the Covid booster in the autumn.
Professor Beat Kampmann, Professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity and Director of the Vaccine Center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Omicron variants BA.4 and 5 are now causing the majority of Sars-CoV-2 infections in Europe. And in the US, the development and approval of booster-adapted Covid vaccines is well on its way. It was always a given that the first generation of these vaccines would require modification, however, unfortunately, we are always one step behind in the evolution of the virus. We should eventually get to a space where models can predict what’s going to happen next, so we can get ahead of the curve.
“Who needs a booster when it’s also a bit of a moving target, because we’re now faced with a mix of community immunity and personal protection, either through vaccines or natural infection.”
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