NHS hospital triggers ‘red alert’ emergency as intensive care fills up with Covid patients

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A leading doctor at the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales has warned that coronavirus patients now make up the majority of intensive care patients. Intensive care consultant at the Welsh hospital Ami Jones said that staff were “pretty gutted” to see the next wave of coronavirus patients.  The latest official data reveals there are now more people in ICU with Covid-19 in Wales than there were when the Welsh assembly announced its firebreak lockdown last year.

On Friday there were 47 patients who had contracted coronavirus in the ICU unit of the hospital.

The patients were placed in invasive ventilated beds.

These beds are where the most serious hospital admissions are treated.

Data from StatsWales shows there were more patients in ICU beds at the hospital now than in October 19 last year.

The Welsh government has said it will introduce a “short, sharp” firebreak lockdown for 17 days to slow the rising cases in the country.

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