During this lunchtimes briefing by a Downing Street spokesperson it was claimed that Greater Manchester’s intensive care capacity was a month from being overwhelmed.

During the briefing as the Government ramped up the pressure on the region to move to a Tier 3 lockdown, the spokesperson said that Covid patients could take up the entire ICU capacity by November 8 under ‘best case’ projections, with patients potentially taking up the entire surge capacity by November 12.

All three intensive care capacity will be used up by the 28 October, with a peak in hospital admissions expected by November 2 said the briefing.

Cases it was said, have tripled among the over-60 age group in the last 15 days adding that there were 282 cases confirmed in Manchester on 12 October, compared to 89 cases per 100,000 on September 28, with hospital admissions doubling every nine days.

Number of Covid inpatients in hospital beds is currently 40 per cent of the number at the height of the first wave, but the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said that this is expected to rise significantly.


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