Breaking News – NHS to move to highest alert level from Midnight

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Breaking News – NHS to move to highest alert level from Midnight as Covid poses an “existential threat”

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced on Wednesday, November 4 at an NHS England and NHS Improvement press conference that the alert level would be moved from three to four from midnight. He warned that the NHS is facing a “serious situation” over the winter months.

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Level 3 means that the Covid virus is in general circulation, and level 4 means that transmission is high or rising exponentially.

“It’s not a situation anyone wants to be in”, Sir Simon added.


Earlier today Sir Simon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that there are currently 11,000 coronavirus patients in hospitals in England – equating to 22 hospitals’ worth of Covid patients.

Sir Simon said that there had been a “very substantial” increase in Covid-19 admissions in October.


Boris Johnson spoke about the situation to MPs on Wednesday afternoon, saying: “Be in no doubt what that means for our country and for our society.

“It means that the precious principle of care for everyone who needs it, whoever they are, whenever they need it, that principle could be shattered for the first time in our experience.

“It means those who are sick and suffering and in need of help could be turned away because there was no room in our hospitals.”

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