With 95,981 dead, the United Kingdom is the European country paying the heaviest price for the Covid-19 epidemic. The British variant of the coronavirus, now the majority in the country and more deadly according to the Prime Minister, worries the health authorities. “Tuesday, we reached the peak of deaths [1 610] during the day. They launched an appeal and transformed most of the services into intensive care “, testifies on franceinfo this, Saturday, January 23, Corinne Gonet, a Frenchwoman, emergency doctor at the Royal London Hospital.
“There are more and more admissions because there are new cases”, indicates Corinne Gonet and the British variant dominates. “It’s just that. It was declared as a major incident, it’s a bit like a terrorist attack.” London hospitals are saturated “because we are unable to regulate this arrival of patients to the emergency room, whereas we usually manage to sort the sick”, notes the emergency doctor.
“Everyone is exhausted, there has been no rest since March, we have hundreds of colleagues who are infected, everyone is tired because there is no more hope, however, it is hope that gives life. “Corinne Gonet
Corinne Gonet specifies that interns and externs have been called in to reinforce the emergency services. These will follow “a short training”. “They then have to go to all these new services that are going to be opened. There has been a cry for help since Wednesday”, she adds.
“In the UK there is not just one variant, continues the emergency doctor. There are all the other variants, we do step by step, we take the patients as they come and we try to treat them as well as possible and as quickly as possible “.
For Corinne Gonet, “We must continue to protect ourselves, to apply barrier gestures, even if in London, they are much less strict than in France and we hope that we will soon see the end”.