West News Wire: The Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom said that it has begun deploying military personnel to assist hospitals facing staff shortages and tremendous challenges as a result of the country’s record COVID-19 cases.
Around the previous week, Britain has recorded over 1,50,000 new cases every day due to the Omicron variant outbreak. Because of vaccination and the reduced severity of the strain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says England can weather the surge without additional restrictions, but he warns of a difficult few weeks if staffing is interrupted as individuals self-isolate.
Armed personnel have also been sent to help with COVID-19 testing and immunization programs.
“Once again they are stepping up to assist NHS workers who are working round the clock across the capital, helping the health service through this difficult winter period where the need is greatest,” Health Minister Sajid Javid said.
Britain has reported nearly 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, and, two years into a pandemic, its state-run health service was already facing a morale and staffing crisis even before the recent surge in Omicron, a lawmaker report said.