Hospitals under growing pressure as patient numbers surpass first wave of pandemic

NHS hospitals in England are under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases rise, with doctors raising the alarm about “very, very busy services” and one trust calling for volunteers to help prone patients.

The warning comes as the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals surpassed the peak of the first wave – up to 20,426 as of 8am on Monday, more than April’s high of 18,946. Health officials in Wales and Scotland have also said they fear becoming overwhelmed.

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