Throughout the capital 2,960 coronavirus sufferers had been occupying beds, in contrast with 1,576 this time final month.
The most recent NHS knowledge exhibits that as of 8am yesterday there have been 356 Covid-19-postive individuals on ventilators in London — an increase of 100 in only a week.
Sage member Dr Mike Tildesley mentioned infections wanted to be introduced underneath management in London and the South-East in any other case “we’re going to have an actual drawback” within the new yr as the brand new pressure of the virus seems to be infecting individuals extra rapidly.
“It’s a extremely worrying time,” he advised LBC. “We have to actually be mobilising each weapon in our arsenal at this level to deliver infections down. What you see is extra individuals being contaminated extra quickly, so what meaning is you would possibly get the identical variety of individuals having to go to hospital but it surely occurs over a shorter time period, which is the place the actual fear is.
“That places stress on the well being service and in the end after all might result in extra individuals dying.”
Royal Free London mentioned it was cancelling all non-urgent procedures from this afternoon. A spokesman added: “In doing this, we can unlock important workers to assist take care of sufferers with probably the most pressing scientific want.”
London’s largest NHS Belief Barts Well being has additionally began deferring some routine procedures and operations “so we will redeploy workers and enhance the variety of crucial care and normal beds accessible”. A spokesman mentioned: “We’re treating excessive numbers of sufferers with Covid-19 throughout our hospitals, and now we have moved right into a excessive stress section and are taking steps to maintain our sufferers secure.”
North-east London is “bearing the brunt” of rising infections, well being bosses mentioned. At a gathering final week council leaders had been advised some boroughs had been dealing with 700 optimistic Covid-19 instances per 100,000 individuals earlier than the top of the yr. At Barking Havering and Redbridge College Hospitals Belief a significant inner incident was declared final week with A&E workers advised that they could should assess and deal with sufferers at the back of ambulances.
King George Hospital in Ilford was additionally pressured to shut its emergency paediatric division final month on security grounds as infections rose.
A spokesman for NHS London mentioned Covid inpatient numbers “are nonetheless beneath the April first wave however are on the rise, so we should always all proceed to comply with the nationwide steerage to restrict the unfold of the virus”.
It comes as individuals throughout London and the South-East who’re classed as clinically extraordinarily susceptible have been urged to defend by well being bosses.