Cancer patients who didn't seek treatment during lockdown overwhelming A&E
Cancer patients who decided not to seek treatment during lockdown are now overwhelming emergency units at hospitals across the country, health chiefs have warned. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said A&E units were struggling to cope with the number of people seeking emergency treatment for cancer, hip and knee operations and other serious ailments after deciding not to come forward for help during the pandemic. It comes after the NHS put some treatments on hold to allow hospitals to cope with an influx of Covid patients and to protect vulnerable cancer patients from infection. The move led to a huge rise in people missing urgent cancer checks over the past year, while some people have been left waiting two years for vital orthopaedic surgery. Mr Hopson warned that the “striking” surge in non-Covid patients meant some hospital trusts were already at 97 per cent bed capacity and may struggle to cope with a rise in cases if the full lifting of restrictions goes ahead on June 21. “We have two problems at the moment,” he said. “We have a backlog of people on the wards because they have been brought in for a planned or delayed operation. “But we also have a surge in patients coming into the emergency department. That’s much more difficult to control. “NHS trust leaders are seeing significantly more patients coming into A&E than they were expecting. And the thesis is that these are people who didn’t seek treatment during lockdown, but have now got to the point where it's so serious, they do have to come forward.” Mr Hopson said many of these patients were having to spend “multiple days” longer in hospital because their ailment was at a more "complex" and advanced stage. “That’s the potential issue with unlocking on June 21,” he said. “If you've got 97 per cent occupancy, and then you suddenly get even a relatively small number of COVID patients, that gets to be really quite complicated.” We are also seeing higher levels of acuity in patients referred from GPs. Mr Hopson continued: "For a hospital, there is a major knock on in terms of the number of patients that then have to be admitted, and then also the complexity of the treatment. "If you leave too long, then it becomes much more complex to treat. In other words, they have to spend longer in hospital. "We're not saying let's definitely delay June 21. That's for the government to decide. We're saying there are some really finely balanced decisions and judgments."news.yahoo.com
How other countries have handled coronavirus surges and kept classrooms open
When Covid-19 first struck, school closures were an almost universal, if deeply controversial policy. Not enough was understood about how the coronavirus spread and with hospitals across the world struggling, government after government chose to close classrooms. Once the initial Covid wave passed, however, nations diverged in their approach. Much of Europe has taken a relatively relaxed attitude to keeping schools open. Right now, there are no full nationwide closures in European Union, although Germany and Poland are among the 13 EU countries to have only partially reopened their classrooms. Whereas across the Americas, schools have remained locked for close to a year, according to Unesco, only the Czech Republic, Austria and Latvia, within the EU, have kept them shut for 41 weeks or more. That is not to say, however, that European countries have refrained from reclosing schools in the face of second and third waves.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar protesters suffer "bloodiest day" since military coup as 38 killed by security forces
Demonstrators in Myanmar protesting last month's military coup returned to the streets Thursday, undaunted by the killing of at least 38 people the previous day by security forces. A United Nations envoy called it "the bloodiest day" in Myanmar since its military ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi. STRINGER/REUTERSThe U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people were killed Wednesday, a figure consistent with other reports. "Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on February 1. Police run towards protesters to disperse a demonstration being held against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021.cbsnews.com
US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up
The U.S. is recording just under 3,100 deaths a day on average, down from more than 3,350 less than two weeks ago. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen to about 110,000 from a high of 132,000 on Jan. 7. She said she can’t predict how long it will take for the vaccines' effects to be reflected in the numbers. Rivers said she is concerned that the more contagious variants of the virus could lead to a deadly resurgence later this year. Fauci said scientists are already preparing to adjust COVID-19 vaccines to fight the mutated versions.
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'Mayans M.C.'s Sarah Bolger on Felipe's Former Flame: 'My Mind Exploded When I
Pardo) and Angel's (Clayton Cardenas) mother, as well as Emily's (Sarah Bolger) younger years before falling in love with E.Z., and then Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino). "My mind exploded when I read those pages in the script," Bolger told ET over the phone. And since the places they're meant to be are the more nefarious of the business world, I would say that there's going to be so many more lies and so many more secrets." However, Bolger hints that this foray into shady business dealings could just be the beginning for her character. "Emily's between a rock and hard place in the sense that she does love Miguel and I think that's one of the beautiful parts of our story," the actress shared.
'Mayans M.C.': Clayton Cardenas Talks About Adelita's Pregnancy and Who Could Be the
Although the premiere of Mayans M.C.s second season was loaded with revelations and questions, Adelitas pregnancy -- and the mystery surrounding the identity of the father -- was bound to surprise and confound fans. Cardenas shared over the phone while discussing Adelita's pregnancy. While in the middle of filming the ninth episode of the second season, he admitted that he still has no clue who the father of Adelitas baby is. He added: "And if its not his baby, theres going to be some deaths going on. Although the second season has just gotten started, viewers have already caught flashbacks from E.Z.
Desperate immigrants call Brooks County 911
Brooks County dispatchers often receive calls from illegal immigrants who are lost in brush and desperately seeking help. BROOKS COUNTY, Texas – Illegal immigrants overcome by the South Texas heat often call Brooks County 911, triggering an all-out search by sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol. We’re not going to let them die out here,” said Rey Rodriguez, Brooks County sheriff. “Yes, yes,” he said. “Vargas, Vargas,” Angel kept repeating a name scrawled on a fence post.