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  • the United Kingdom has recorded the highest number of covert deaths in a 24 hour period since the pandemic struck last year at more than 1600.

  • Experts say it's likely that the coming weeks we'll see figures even higher than this.

  • But they also point out that the number of new infections is falling on.

  • The number of vaccinations continues to rise well.

  • That news will offer some much needed hope to NHS staff throughout the UK The faculty of intensive Care medicine says that many hospitals are now overwhelmed, with some staff almost on their knees after many months of treating desperately ill patients on.

  • That is certainly the distressing reality of life at the Royal London Hospital on tonight, In the second of his special reports, Clive Myrie discovers the heavy price being paid by both staff and patients.

  • The birth of a new day brings a familiar demon mawr covert infections on more death, and it's others who must stare into the abyss to spare our eyes.

  • I'm sorry.

  • Like Hannah, a senior mortician at the Royal London Hospital, part of a small team of just five that's handled hundreds of bodies in this pandemic, How do you ever prepare for people just dying and dying and dying s Although it's our job, when we deal with people every day this'll level.

  • I think it's taking its toll.

  • Does it feel like a conveyor belt?

  • It does.

  • It does, in a way, yeah.

  • I hate to say that because I hate to think of it like that, but yeah, yeah, it is almost Yeah, that's what the pandemics done.

  • I mean, yeah, it's no one's fault.

  • Well, sorry.

  • A lot of time in three years.

  • You know, I'm just when someone says to you, how's it make you feel when you you're saying how it makes you feel?

  • Well, yeah, this This is how it makes me feel.

  • The inner turbulence revealed model.

  • And yet outer strength is what we crave.

  • A brave face in those fighting the virus on our behalf is every day the hospitals fill up, including the Royal London.

  • How many floors are taken up by covert patients here.

  • We've got patients on the third floor, fourth floor.

  • This award goes all the way around to the other side.

  • It's 29 patients sixth floor, seventh floor, eighth floor.

  • Another covered patient in here.

  • Ninth floor.

  • Another one in here, 2011 again around the other side.

  • That's another 29 patients.

  • 12 13 is our third ward, with 31 patient and then obviously up here.

  • Each four of these four bedded bays contain covert patient, the 14th on the 15th floor.

  • So that's 12 floors in total.

  • 12 out of 15 floors.

  • More than 400 patients.

  • There aren't enough staff.

  • It's madness.

  • And curiously, despite ALS, the drugs and fancy equipment, the simple technique of periodically turning over a covert patient or prone ing can help force oxygen into scarred lungs.

  • But the manpower needed is immense.

  • Turning on turning on, turning again day off the day.

  • Yeah, right.

  • And in the middle of the storm consultant Mari Healy.

  • Fairly urgent.

  • A commanding presence still coming.

  • Go, go, go!

  • All right, I see your first day on the friend toward what have I done about you today?

  • For those less scrupulous about social distancing and wearing masks, she gives the benefit of the doubt.

  • Despite the effect on the NHS, I think the public want to do the right thing, but I don't feel they understand fully the scale of the problem, so I don't think taken for granted.

  • We don't Do you think the public don't get the pressure that is on Everyone working in this hospital in up in the country definitely think they do, because I think if they did, they really wouldn't hesitate to do the right thing back on the ward.

  • Theo Oxygen levels plummet of a covert patient in their mid twenties pro ning must be quick, but more specialist care may be necessary.

  • Toe oxygenate the blood through an artificial lung.

  • Consultant PJ's Alpha Gari, who predicted a second coronavirus wave, calls Papworth Hospital in Cambridge to see if they'll take the patient.

  • Ventilation has become very difficult again just now this Cathy McGloin leads the team trying to keep her alive.

  • But there's bad news.

  • It's actually your full is that right now the pressure's really on, but quiet Professionalism kicks in.

  • Not too good.

  • Breathing is not great.

  • It's breathing.

  • Okay, Yeah, Good.

  • So relief enough oxygen is now finally reaching the patient's lungs on.

  • Yet Kathy isn't an intensive care doctor.

  • She's a consultant anesthetist, offering a helping hand like the trauma surgeons, pediatricians, immunologists, all mocking in during this appalling covert crisis.

  • E feel a lot better now.

  • Worried way I'm sweating on.

  • It's not just the PP so I mean, she's young, she's someone's relative.

  • This is something precious that we're holding and we're trying to do.

  • Um, yeah, it's quite frightening.

  • Frightening one word that defines co vid second way for the NHS.

  • Heartbreaking is another.

  • There's Murray Healy checks on a 28 year old man with no underlying conditions but who's been on a ventilator for more than three weeks.

  • Obviously very distressing.

  • Andi, This is a very serious complication at this stage.

  • He's also got other family members in critical care as we speak time to call his wife.

  • Now I know he's quite sick.

  • He could die from this.

  • By the way, I'm sorry to have to say that I know love.

  • I know I know.

  • Don't worry.

  • We're doing everything we can for him.

  • He's very difficult because it's very difficult because this poor family being through a huge amount on bond actually so nice that makes it more difficult.

  • Mhm.

  • The inner turbulence revealed the rain mirror.

  • Shamim is recent tears for her family.

  • She took marries call as her husband fights for his life, his condition remains serious on life support.

  • Clive My Reid, BBC And that's the reality of the pandemic for star fanned patients at the Royal London that was Clive, my reporting with camera journalist David McElveen, Andi producer Sam Parenti Let's have a look Then, at the latest government figures out today, there were 33,355 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24 hour period.

  • And that means that the average number of new cases reported per day in the past week is 43,257.

  • It is continuing to fall at this point.

  • Hospitals have had an average of 37,946 co vid patients in the week to lost Sunday.

  • As we mentioned, 1610 deaths have been reported Those people who died within 28 days off the positive covert test.

  • On average, in the past week, 1181 deaths were announced every day.

  • The total number of deaths so far across the UK is 91,470.

  • Let's also go through the latest figures here on the U.

  • K's program of vaccination to see where we are.

  • 204,000 and 76 people have had their first dose off one of the three approved vaccines in the latest 24 hour period, and that takes the overall number of people who've had their first vaccination in the UK to more than 4.2 million.

  • So having seen the figures, let's talk to our medical editor.

  • Fergus Walsh was with me.

  • Can we talk about the number of deaths that we've been reporting today?

  • Yes, terrible figures.

  • Hugh.

  • You saw in Clive's report the appalling impact that the pandemic is now having at hospitals in London.

  • But I can tell you that it's the same across almost all of the UK, the hospitals I visited.

  • You saw in that report, the pressure on staff.

  • They're shell shocked.

  • There.

  • Drain.

  • They've been doing this now for nearly a year.

  • There are almost 38,000 co vid patients in UK hospitals that 16,000 more than the peak last April on all this at the busiest time of the year for the NHS.

  • Now, covert cases, as you said, are beginning to come down, but it'll take a couple of weeks for that feed into a reduction in deaths.

  • But even once we pass the peak, we've really got to expect Ah, long and hard struggle through winter.

  • Can we talk?

  • Is well about the whole issue of resistance to the virus In his various forms, People talk a lot about the antibodies.

  • What can we say about that today?

  • Okay, there's a new figures from the Office for National Statistics looking at how many people have previously had a Corona virus infection and built up antibodies, which should give them some protection for several months.

  • Now if we look at the latest study for December, it's estimated that one in eight people in England had antibodies to Corona virus one in 10 in Wales, one in 11 in Scotland, on one in 13 in Northern Ireland around double the levels in October.

  • Now it's just a snapshot, a point in time on many who had coronavirus in the first wave nearly a year ago.

  • They may still have some immune defenses, but the anti levels body levels won't show up anymore, but one positive in the weeks and months ahead, Hugh we will see a huge rise in antibody levels in the protection it from the population in people who have had a vaccine.

  • Okay, focus.

  • Thanks very much.

  • Once again, Fergus Walsh, there are medical editor.

the United Kingdom has recorded the highest number of covert deaths in a 24 hour period since the pandemic struck last year at more than 1600.

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