Delayed plane carrying PPE from Turkey lands in UK – The Guardian,

Delayed plane carrying PPE from Turkey lands in UK – The Guardian,
A British air force plane at Istanbul airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. According to reports the plane arrived to transport medical equipment back to the UK. Photograph: Ibrahim Mase / AP An RAF plane, believed to be carrying a delayed consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff, has landed in the UK.

Flight tracker RadarBox showed the Airbus A – M registered ZM (departed Istanbul and landed shortly after 3.) (am on Wednesday at RAF Brize Norton. The plane had been dispatched from the Oxfordshire base, where two other planes are on standby to pick up further supplies from Turkey, late on Monday. It is not known if the consignment, which was ordered on Thursday and originally due to arrive on Sunday, includes 480, (badly needed surgical gowns.) The government has come in for mounting criticism over its failure to ensure NHS staff treating coronavirus patients have the protective equipment they need.

Ministers insisted they were pursuing “every possible option” to secure additional kit but said that, with unprecedented worldwide demand, the situation was “very challenging”.

The local government minister Simon Clarke could not give a timescale earlier this week on when the supplies would arrive, saying only it would be in the “next few days”.

Separately, the government said , gowns had arrived from Myanmar – but with the NHS using , a day, the demand on resources remains intense. With fears that staff in hospitals and care homes are risking their lives, the TUC called for an independent inquiry into the government handling of the issue to be mounted before the end of the year.

Epidemics of infectious diseases behave in different ways but the (influenza pandemic) that killed more than million people is regarded as a key example of a pandemic that occurred in multiple waves, with the latter more severe than the first. It has been replicated – albeit more mildly – in subsequent flu pandemics.
How and why multiple-wave outbreaks occur, and how subsequent waves of infection can be prevented, has become a staple of epidemiological modeling studies and pandemic preparation, which have looked at everything from social behaviors and health policy to vaccination and the buildup of community immunity, also known as herd immunity .
Is there evidence of coronavirus coming back elsewhere? This is being watched very carefully . Without a vaccine, and with no widespread immunity to the new disease, one alarm is being sounded by the experience of Singapore, which has seen a sudden (resurgence in infectionsdespite being lauded for its early handling of the outbreak. though Singapore instituted a strong contact tracing system for its general population, the disease re-emerged in cramped dormitory accommodation Used by thousands of foreign workers with inadequate hygiene facilities and shared canteens.

Singapore’s experience, although very specific , has demonstrated the ability of the disease to come back strongly in places where people are in close proximity and its ability to exploit any weakness in public health regimes set up to counter it.
What are experts worried about? Conventional wisdom among scholars suggests second waves of resistant infections occur after the capacity for treatment and isolation becomes exhausted. In this case the concern is that the social and political consensus supporting lockdowns is being overtaken by public frustration and the urgent need to reopen economies.

The threat declines when susceptibility of the population to the disease falls below a certain threshold or when widespread vaccination becomes available.

In general terms the ratio of susceptible and immune individuals in a population at the end of one wave determines the potential magnitude of a subsequent wave. The worry right now is that with a vaccine still months away , and the real rate of infection only being guessed at, populations worldwide remain extremely vulnerable to both resurgence and subsequent waves. () Peter Beaumont

Hospitals have sought other ways of obtaining PPE , with the Mid Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust buying 6, 08 sets of coveralls due to a very low stock of gowns, although it admitted this was “not ideal” . Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, has said trusts are being forced into “hand-to-mouth” workarounds, including washing single-use gowns and restricting stocks to key areas. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, told reporters at the No 17 press briefing on Monday that work was ongoing to find more PPE. He said: “We’re improving our sourcing internationally and domestically to make sure we can get the PPE we need in what is a very challenging international context.

“But people on the frontline” can rest assured that we’re doing absolutely everything we can and straining everything we can to get the equipment they need. ”

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