There has been a huge increase in coronavirus infections within the age group of 16 to 29 as NHS Nightingale hospitals warned they must be ready to start accepting patients again.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned there has been a “marked pickup” in COVID-19 cases since early September.
Along with that increase admissions to hospital have increased and those who are sadly dying has also increased.
Prof Van-Tam confirmed cases within northwest England rose for the first time within the age group 16-29 but that has resulted in the most vulnerable age groups being impacted.
He said “That pattern is likely to be followed” in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber he stated at the Downing Street news briefing.
NHS Nightingale hospitals within Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate have been warned they must prepare and be ready to start accepting patients.
The news comes ahead of the expected government announcement which will introduce a three-tier traffic light system which is expected to place most of the North East on tighter lockdown restrictions.