Spike in coronavirus deaths inevitable after recent wave of new cases, Jonathan Van Tam warns
He says deaths are “baked in” with increased infections – with more patients in hospital now than when national lockdown was enforced in March
It comes as Nightingale hospitals in north of England are asked to mobilise
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The recent spike in coronavirus cases will lead to an increase in deaths in a matter of weeks, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned.
Jonathan Van Tam said further hospitalisations and deaths are “baked in” after coronavirus cases rose across the country.
He said the number of patients currently in hospital is related to infections from three weeks ago.
“As patients become ill with COVID-19