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  • n HS workers queuing to get checked out for Covert 19 at a testing site set up in Wembley, north London.

  • I think all of us were given some time.

  • That's why there was a long queue.

  • But when you reach there, that doesn't take.

  • Many were alerted by email last night Star for meant to wait until they have an appointment in a reference number, they said, without confirmation in the testing.

  • So they're turning away and it just off now as well.

  • So I don't understand, like, why what the problem is I traveled all the way down from you're it.

  • That's about two hours drive down here under unity with Tom.

  • But that is so discouraging.

  • I'm not too strong enough or I just threw myself down here.

  • I don't think I'm gonna calm down.

  • At the government's daily press conference, Public Health England said this was the beginning of a much bigger testing rollout for N hs staff.

  • We will have fire and have five centers where people can drive through and get their testing done in order of priority.

  • Any chess chief executives are identifying that priority onto the intention here is to get from thousands to hundreds of thousands within the coming weeks.

  • So we are very committed to our n hs frontline stuff.

  • The government's prioritizing ambulance staff a any an intensive care unit.

  • Workers with only 2000 and HS staff so far tested some losing faith in the machinery's ability to deliver.

  • Then we've got five bays and there were two of them open.

  • It's a farce.

  • Yeah, all the information would be near since just after 12 Q.

  • And it's now one on one.

  • Moved about three or four cast forward in an hour at the Wembley temporary testing site for N.

  • H S, workers, some 100 also did get tested.

  • The tiny start on a massive problem.

  • Some accused Public Health England of blocking progress on testing, insisting that only their own labs like this one in north London and in a chest labs are used.

  • Some scientific institutions around the country have complained that their own offers of lab space or technical equipment seem to have got lost or ignored.

  • Even when you told them, some of these experts are saying that you had it ready to send to them for help with the testing you didn't hear anything back that's is that shocking to you?

  • Well, I think I actually heard examples off businesses that came forward on wanted to support us who have expressed concerns that they weren't listen to.

  • If that's the case, then I'm very sorry.

  • Andi shouldn't happen, and I would urge them to reconnect with public health, England or the appropriate bodies on DDE.

  • We will do everything we can to take up their offers of support.

  • Everything should be thrown at this.

  • The plans at the moment of just no ambitious enough, not creative enough to another part of the thing with the centralized and planning is they want to have good quality control, which of course, is important.

  • You need to test to be accurate, but they need to think of creative ways of off, maybe less in the grip of quality control of it without losing the quality control.

  • Back up the front line.

  • Pleas for help from N Hs Frontline workers are continuing.

  • One, working at South Hampton General Hospital, contacted Channel four news about her experience of treating Cove in 19 patients.

  • If everyone was tested, we could get back to next to 20 nurses and health care assistance today just on our award, and that could literally mean life or death for some of our patients.

  • The scariest part is not having the protective equipment, the W H O guidelines that that anyone doing these viral swabs needs to wear a long sleeve gown where a medical mask and they need our protection and gloves.

  • But all we have of the gloves were completely unprotected.

  • This frontline staff, Southampton Hospital said.

  • These are anonymous claims that we are not familiar with and do dispute.

  • We have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

  • We've heard of one hospital where there's 60% of staff on one war who aren't able to turn off work because of the lack of testing.

  • We're making a horrible crisis potentially even worse because we didn't didn't act soon enough on testing.

  • Well, the this is a challenge.

  • We want to get those energy, Jess and boys back to the front line as quickly as possible.

  • We are now in a position to test significant numbers of N.

  • H s stuff.

  • Cameras were allowed in again to the success story of the government's crisis response.

  • The 4000 bed pop up hospital created in London's doctrines.

  • But elsewhere in the health care landscape, the story is not so positive.

  • MPs report care homes in their constituencies are being told there might well not be hospital places for residents if they catch covert.

  • 19.

  • At the peak of the crisis and testing kits for care, homes are being severely rationed.

  • Now tests are being rationed in care homes, care homes gonna only test five people on only if somebody is symptomatic in the care home.

  • So that means that the staff were working there.

  • Mostly agency staff were going between homes, all being tested.

  • So the strategy is not keeping Corona virus out of homes.

  • It is not keeping people safe.

  • And secondly, if you're over 75 it is very clear now that the authorities are encouraging care homes to get residents to sign, not resuscitation orders, and also to prepare them for the fact that it's a contract Corona virus.

  • They are to stay in the care home.

  • They will not be admitted to the hospital, and it is very likely they'll lose their life inside the care home.

  • Having recently gone through the process of contracted this corrective ours luckily a relatively mild symptoms.

  • I find myself on the other side of the illness, but still in the best state of social distance and general isolation.

  • No others Consejo es when this land bus ended.

  • Will.

  • Until it does, that is try and live with hope and with faith in ourselves and each other, look forward to better times to come.

  • Welsh assembly met in virtual form today.

  • Numbers were reduced by agreement to try to make the format work.

  • In London, posters beam out their messages to near empty roads.

  • The government wants the roads to stay this way even as the weather warms to help the n hs cope with even more admissions in the weeks to come.

  • Well, joining me now from his home in London is Sir Robert Lechler, presidents of the Academy, off Medical Science.

  • There's no I should say I'm speaking to you from my home as well, Sir Robert, Could she first of all put the number of deaths announced today in some context for is what does it tell us about how this disease is gripping the population?

  • Um, well, good evening.

  • I think that what we're witnessing is the predicted peak um, of infection and as you understand the consequences of being infected if you have serious illness or even fatality lags about three or four weeks behind first contracting the infection.

  • So what we're witnessing is the peak of infections, which will not be impacted on by the social distancing measures.

  • I'm for another 10 days or maybe even two weeks, so I think they will.

  • Unfortunately, it's obviously very tragic.

  • There will be increased number of cases over the next week, or maybe two weeks before we hope to see things plastering off.

  • So we are going to have to brace ourselves for thousands of people to die next week.

  • I think I don't want to make predictions about numbers on day.

  • Vary from day to day.

  • Today, obviously, was a distressing number.

  • I wouldn't care to say what numbers it'll be in the coming days, but as I said, I think that the wave of infection that's gone through parts of the population will be playing out over the next week or two before we see those social isolation measures really biting.

  • Can you tell us in your mind what?

  • What is the importance off getting up the number of tests being done in terms of fighting the disease And are we doing everything that we can in order to do that with?

  • People would have read a number of scientists today saying, Well, I've got machines and technicians or scientists who aren't being used Are we doing everything we could?

  • I think that right now we are s o thus far.

  • I think the facts are that 150,000 people have been tested.

  • The initial strategy was to focus on unwell patients.

  • I think that makes very good sense so that you knew if you're caring for patients in hospital when you would treating patients with educated 19 attention now is focusing quite rightly on health care workers on dhe, things being wrapped up really quite fast.

  • So that's true in local provisioning, diagnostic facilities and hospitals.

  • And just to reassure you that what I witnessed is terrific.

  • Collaboration between university research facilities on hospital facilities is certainly true.

  • In my own University, King's College London, where labs are being made available, machines are being made available, technicians are being made available to work with and expand the capacity off the N.

  • H s staff in Garrisons and Thomas's and King's College Hospital.

  • It's really very gratifying to see on top of that there were then these very large testing centers being set up.

  • I think it may be four around the country where again we have loaned PCR machines and technicians to help the staff at these large testing facility.

  • So I'm very confident that over the next a few weeks you'll see a massive increase in the scale of our ability to test, because I just go on to point out something that may be very obvious.

  • But what we're talking about here and when you discussed so far, is the so called PC artist, which is detecting the virus and telling you whether or not individual actually has the virus on board at any one moment in time.

  • There's a second category of test, which is the antibody test which I think deserves a great deal of focus because once we have and I think we're very close to having a reliable antibody test that will then give you two vital bits of information.

  • Firstly, who has been infected and recovered and his immune now we don't we're not certain yet that If you've had the infection, you can't get it again.

  • But it's a very good chance that that may be true.

  • So for health care workers, if they have the antibody posited they've had the infection.

  • They may well be safe to go back into the workplace.

  • But the other thing it will tell us is what fraction of the population have had this virus?

  • Because, as you appreciate, in many cases it's a very mild illness, and at the moment we really are not sighted on what fraction of the population has been infected.

  • No, by the way, is any other countries.

  • Far as I know, you're also working.

  • We read on a sort of an experiment off, giving people plasma from people who have recovered from Corona virus.

  • Do you think this could be the answer?

  • Well, I wouldn't say it could be the answer, but I think it may turn out to be helpful.

  • So this is not a new concept.

  • It's called convalescent anti Syria convalescent, simply meaning you've recovered from on illness.

  • It was used in the SARS epidemic a few years ago.

  • Some patients in China with the covered 19 they were treated with convalescence era, and it seemed to be beneficial.

  • So we're looking into the possibility of during Bat N hs blood and transplant is also very much on the case here.

  • Andi.

  • It may be a value in seriously ill patients.

  • We've not done anything yet.

  • We're simply doing the preparatory work in order to be able to do a trial.

  • Potentially just briefly, Sir Robert, I'll be People will have also read about meetings earlier this year in which scientists said the alert level, if you like, didn't need to change.

  • Is there any sense that you feel that science has made the wrong call earlier this year?

  • Now I don't think that's the case.

  • I think this is a very fast meeting situation, and we've discovered how this virus behaves on.

  • Dhe got a much better idea on how many patients get seriously ill, and particularly what kind of patients in general get seriously ill.

  • And so I think understanding is move very fast.

  • The point I would really prefer to make and emphasize I have never seen the scientific community galvanize in the way that it has over the last few weeks.

  • It's quite extraordinary, and a huge amount of research is going on, and most universities around the country re orientate ing their science towards us.

  • Understanding the spire is understanding the immune response, understanding how we can find new ways to treat it, indeed, even designing new ventilators from our biomedical engineering centers.

  • So all of that, I think, is extraordinarily impressive on Dhe.

  • The way the N.

  • H s is girls again is extraordinarily impressive, too.

  • Thank you very much indeed, for your time, Thank you.

  • My pleasure.

  • A 13 year old boy from south London described by his family as a loving son with a heartwarming smile, a 19 year old chef who moved here from Italy, and N hs nurse whose relatives say he always went beyond the call of duty.

  • These are just some other people behind those devastating numbers who have died after testing positive for covert 19.

  • Our chief correspondent, Alex Thompson, has more at 13 the youngest victim of the outbreak to date, his family insist he had no underlying health issues.

  • Smell.

  • Mohammed Abdel Wahab was taken by ambulance to King's College Hospital in London on Friday with a high temperature.

  • He succumbed to cardiac arrest on Monday with no immediate family able to be at his bedside.

  • He was a young boy, age 13 without his mother, without any sibling on his on his deathbed in the last moment, and that's very hard to solve it.

  • I just and really understand as to how, how lonely and how sad that dumb, almost me.

  • But we from the belief that we have, is that he's going to a place that better, and hopefully that gives comfort to the family.

  • Another teenager, 19 year old assistant chef Luca did.

  • Nikola, seen here on the right, also died with no other apparent health problems.

  • He passed away at North Middlesex Hospital last Tuesday, both tragic losses but exceptional.

  • Almost everyone under 70 in good health should recover.

  • This whole social distancing is not only protecting those that are obviously harboring co morbidity Czar High Risk.

  • It protects these rare cases to which are basically hidden.

  • We don't know.

  • There's no way we could know that these thes cases would have resulted in death.

  • The ultimate sacrifice Frontline N.

  • H s staff killed by the virus they were protecting, others from organ transplant surgeon Dr Adult Tire volunteering for N hs work in the Midlands.

  • I'm Jed Alva Wani ear, nose and throat consultant in Leicester.

  • Dr Habib Zaidi A GP for more than 45 years in Leon, See Dr Office are due, who returned from retirement at 68 to fight the virus, and Thomas Harvey, a nurse who gave more than 20 years to care for others in Ilford.

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  • Harvey began self isolating for 14 days and subsequently became ill and died.

  • He wasn't tested for the disease, but his friends say he suffered many off the common symptoms.

  • His son told this program his father died alone, trying to keep others safe to the end.

  • I woke up in the morning with my mom screaming because he had passed out behind the toilet door and that opens inside, So I lit.

  • I actually have cuts on my arms.

  • I had to punch through the door to rip a hole so I could climb in on Dhe, you know, check his pulse and everything, obviously, but by that, at that time, the police had come along with the ambulance following behind.

  • But no, it was it was it was too late.

  • He believes the testing and protective equipment problems in the N hs contributed to his father's death.

  • He had the symptoms from earlier on Andi, you know his workplace knew about that.

  • He should have been tested diagnosed a lot sooner on dhe, you know, given the correct hospital treatment as well.

  • This way, this could have been easily prevented, I think, especially for someone who's given 20/20 years of their life to helping the people of Manchester Good Maize Hospital told this program.

  • It follows N HS protocols on protective equipment and testing.

n HS workers queuing to get checked out for Covert 19 at a testing site set up in Wembley, north London.

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