The head of the NHS has warned that one Covid patient is now being admitted to hospital every 30 seconds, in England alone.

NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘The facts are very clear and I am not going to sugar coat them. Hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure.

‘Since Christmas Day, we have seen another 15,000 increase in the in patients in hospitals across England. That’s the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients.’

This is a breaking story – more to follow.

Advertisement

Advertisement