CORONAVIRUS hospital admissions paint a “very worrying” picture of how the virus is spreading, a top doctor has warned.
The number of patients receiving treatment in intensive care units has soared 700 per cent in just a month and one expert has warned that the nation is at a “tipping point”.
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Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has urged people to stick to local lockdown measures and said “indications are not looking good”.
Her comments come after the UK yesterday reported 14,162 new Covid cases and 70 deaths.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast Prof Stoke-Lampard said transmission of the virus could “get out of control”.
"We will be getting more data later today but all of the indications are not looking good.
"In the last month alone we have gone from a few hundred a people a day in hospital with coronavirus, to thousands.
"Right now we have got over 3,100 people in hospital with coronavirus around the UK.
"Actually 500 of those are in ITU beds. That's really worrying.
"A month ago we only had 60 people in the whole of the UK in ITU beds. So we are seeing a very worrying trend at the moment."
Prof Stokes-Lampard said as cases go up, hospital admissions will follow.
“A few weeks after that unfortunately intensive care [use] goes up and deaths go up”, she added.
She also said that the virus “has no boundaries”.
“We need to learn its rules and work with it, rather than trying to expect it to conform to the way that we want to live."
Concerns have previously been raised by experts who claimed that the NHS would not be able to cope with a second wave which coincides with the winter months and the flu season.
Prof Stokes-Lampard said that “right now the NHS can cope”, but highlighted that there are a few hospitals that are “really struggling”.
“The NHS has learned a lot and is doing remarkably, at the same time as trying to restore services and clear as much of the backlog as we can from all those hundreds and thousands and possibly millions of people waiting for treatment.
"But if we are having to dedicate a much greater proportion of our resources to Covid care that means much less resource available for the other things we want to do."
During the pandemic referrals for cancer dropped and the amount of people willing to visit their GP also dropped.
Prof Stokes-Lampard said people shouldn’t sit on worrying symptoms and said that the NHS would prioritise people in need of urgent care.
She added: "We are open for business and always have been.
"As a society, as a population, we all have a responsibility to do our best to reduce transmission because if this gets out of control, as we fear it is – and we are at that tipping point right now.
"This isn't a joke, this isn't scaremongering."
It was revealed today that ten million Brits in the North of England could be hit by further coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to soar in areas such as Manchester.
This would include shutting pubs and restaurants under a new three tier lockdown code, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal next week.
Commenting on various regional lockdown rules, Prof Stokes-Lampard said that variation in rules is “difficult and confusing”.
She added: "If we get simple messages – you're in category A, B or C or red, amber or green – that will help because I think consistency is so important."
The elderly and vulnerable have been the focus when it comes to protection against the virus and Prof Stokes-Lampard said people should have “safe” social contact.
"If it has got to the point where local lockdowns are essential, please stick with them.
"I'm sorry, I don't like it any more than anybody else, but this is for the good of us all. Please let's protect our vulnerable this winter."
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