A professor has warned hospitals in Liverpool could exceed capacity in the next week.
Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and a consultant at Alder Hey, works as a professor and doctor in the city and has expressed his concern about the “dire situation” facing Liverpool hospitals.
Speaking via video link, he said: “We’ve got over 300 patients in beds and our intensive care capacity is currently running at 90%. At this rate, we’re looking at exceeding health care capacity in the next week or so.”
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He urged people to follow the new rules and guidelines announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, October 12.
Prof. Semple, who is also a professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, said: “If you’ve got relatives that are vulnerable, parents perhaps, brothers or sisters that are susceptible, you’ll appreciate how severe this situation this is.
“Please pay great attention to the regulations that have been brought in, it’s to protect you and your families.”
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His warnings come after it was confirmed Liverpool City Region will be under Tier 3 in the new lockdown rules system.
Boris Johnson laid out a new three tier lockdown system, with areas placed in Medium (Tier 1), High (Tier 2) or Very High (Tier 3) areas.
Liverpool has officially been placed under strict new measures to help tackle rising coronavirus cases in the region, with the new measures coming into force on Wednesday, October 14.