The NHS has sufficient capacity to provide critical care and specialist treatment right across the UK
A sustained and consistent fall in daily deaths from Coronavirus
Reliable data to show that the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board
Operational challenges including testing and personal protective equipement (PPE) are in hand with supply able to meet future demand
Confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS
England’s soaring rate of excess mortality compared With other European countries was shown to him during the program but he dismissed it as not giving a true indication of the complex nature of the virus’s impact. It was put to him that considering the number of deaths a week above the normal average, England’s line was far higher and still rising.
Asked whether the government had failed to keep the deaths down, he replied that the point the government chief medical adviser, Chris Whitty, would make is “actually, you need to look at that over a much longer period of time. So we’d have to look back over a year.
Shapps also confirmed that the NHS coronavirus tracing app would be trialled this week and rolled out later this month. It was being tested first on the Isle of Wight, and for it to work successfully nationwide around “, (% of people ”needed to download it, he said.
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