The UK will install 4,000 hospital beds at a conference center in London to cope with the growing influx of patients with the new coronavirus, the British government announced today.
The Government has already imposed restrictions on movement and the confinement of people.
"We are going to open a new temporary hospital next week at the ExCel Center in London," Health Minister Matt Hancock told a press conference
This new space is opened with the help of the Army and “will include two wards with a capacity for 2,000 people each”, said Hancock
In the UK, more than 400 people have died from covid-19, and covid-19 has been tested positive officially on 8,077 people, according to authorities quoted by the news agency France-Presse.
The upward trend has accelerated in recent days, threatening to overcrowd hospitals, risking a scenario similar to that of Italy.
In order to support the National Health Service, the minister launched an appeal for the recruitment of 250,000 volunteers, for the distribution of medicines.
Hancock also said that 35,000 health workers, students, young people and retirees will help work teams.
Convinced by recent and alarming scientific studies that suggest tens of thousands of potential deaths, the Boris Johnson government decided on Monday to enact strict confinement, designed to last at least three weeks.
The British, now, can only leave their homes in very limited cases, such as shopping "as little as possible", going to work "when absolutely necessary", and doing treatments or physical exercises, once a day.
Meetings of more than two people are prohibited and all non-essential goods stores are closed.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 400,000 people worldwide, of whom about 18,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread across the world, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic.
The European continent is where the highest number of cases is currently emerging, and Italy is the country in the world with the most fatalities, with 6,820 killed in 69,176 cases.