Coronavirus: Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital 'under pressure' as Covid cases rise

AN INCREASE in Covid cases is putting Queen Alexandra Hospital under pressure.

By Ben Fishwick
Saturday, 12th December 2020, 10:08 am
Updated Saturday, 12th December 2020, 10:13 am

Medics are looking after ‘very poorly’ people while also administering vaccines in patients under the huge Pfizer rollout.

There were 97 reported admissions and diagnoses at the hospital in the week to December 6. None of the admissions were from care homes.

December 7 saw 79 confirmed new cases in the Portsmouth City Council area, the biggest amount in a single day since November 16.

A woman wears a mask in Southsea in March. Picture: Habibur Rahman

There have now been 128 deaths in the council area, figures show. There have been more than 300 at QA Hospital.

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The city council yesterday tweeted: ‘Confirmed cases are rising again. Local hospitals are under pressure looking after very poorly people and delivering vaccines to those who need them most.

‘Keep playing your part to control spread of infection.’

Dr John Knighton, medical director at QA Hospital, tweeted in reply: ‘Absolutely right: our hospital is very busy, our staff are working flat out across many areas.

‘Please help prevent the spread (of Covid).’

The city remains in tier two, meaning no indoor mixing is allowed outside of support bubbles.

People gathering outside must not meet in groups of more than six, and must remain socially distant.

Face coverings must be worn indoors where distancing is difficult, and you should wash your hands frequently.

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