Hospitals on standby as UK set for 3-tier lockdown

London, October 12

A set of makeshift hospitals built in record time earlier this year to help deal with an influx of Covid-19 cases are being asked to mobilise in parts of northern England on Monday as infections register a spike in varying degrees across the UK.

The announcement regarding the Nightingale Hospitals being put on standby comes as UK PM Boris Johnson will make a statement in the House of Commons to lay out details of the country’s new three-tier system of Covid restrictions, with the third tier reserved for the most severe lockdown rules in line with the severity of the number of cases. “The NHS is putting the Nightingale Hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate on standby,” said Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director. — PTI

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