New cases also continue to exceed 3,000 even though government’s testing system has imploded, masking the true scale of the second wave
The rise in hospital admissions for COVID-19 complications has become one of the few ways of assessing the growth of the ‘second wave’, as government’s coronavirus catastrophe continues to mushroom.
The implosion – and quite probably deliberate withholding, with people being offered tests in unrealistic locations even when local centres are available – of the largely privatised testing system means that a huge proportion of people with suspected infections cannot now obtain tests and are therefore not reflected in figures that still exceed three thousand a day.
And hospitalisations for coronavirus have just reached a 77-day high. That high has been reached without Scotland’s data, which have not yet been added to the total for yesterday – and the weekly admissions rate is well over a thousand and rising, again with Scotland’s figures mostly not included in the Westminster government’s reporting.
And in spite of the lack of tests to confirm infection, the number of children assessed by NHS ‘triage’ systems to have the virus has more than quadrupled since schools reopened, while the number of schools hit by outbreaks has continued to accelerate.
Unions, scientific experts and this site (though abysmally not the Labour front bench) have long warned that the Tories’ headlong rush to send people back into workplaces, schools and indoor hospitality was going to plunge England into a second wave.
And the Tories knew it, secretly tripling mortuary capacity months ago in preparation – and went ahead anyway.
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