People ‘still die every day’ from coronavirus in Nottinghamshire

Health authorities are again urging people to play their part in reducing the spread of coronavirus, while deaths continue to rise amid “extreme pressure” on the local NHS.

Amanda Sullivan, chief officer at the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, says people are still “dying of coronavirus every day” across the county hospitals.

Many of these people, including those in critical care, are unvaccinated adults.

Speaking about the current situation in the county during a media briefing on Friday, November 26, Ms Sullivan said: “The high levels of coronavirus transmission we see in our communities continue to cause extreme pressure on the NHS and our healthcare professionals are working provide care for people in emergencies.

“Unfortunately, we still see an average of 12 people going into our hospitals every day, with 187 people in our hospitals on November 23, and we still have people dying of coronavirus every day.”

While the infection rate and actual deaths are significantly lower than some of the peaks in the past, each death represents a person who had family and friends.

Prices are also lower than in other European countries.

However, local NHS services are also struggling with a backlog of operations, for example, which built up during the first few months of the pandemic, and a new and potentially more transferable strain has recently been discovered which could constitute a “major international concern “.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health in Nottinghamshire, said: “We have heard a lot in the national media from our European neighbors about the deteriorating situation there.

“Locally, we’ve already heard about the ongoing extreme pressure our local NHS and care system are facing, and the fact that there are still a dozen or so people being hospitalized every day for treatment for Covid, and tragically probably we still have people dying.

“All of this underscores once again to us that the pandemic is not over. It still represents a very serious health hazard.”

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Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), released earlier this month, suggested that those who have not been stabbed may be at risk by a significantly larger margin than those who have received both doses.

As a result, people have been encouraged to accept the offer of a jab if they have not already done so, as well as to get their booster when asked.

Sir. Gribbin added: “[The ONS study] looked at the risk of death and summed up that across all ages we find that the risk of death is 32 times greater for people who are unvaccinated. We’re talking about the risk of death of Covid-19.

“It really underscores the importance of the evergreen offering that our local NHS continues to offer us, and I’m really glad we’re discovering week after week that there are still people across Nottinghamshire who have decided, that in fact, now is the time to get to their first or second dose. “

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