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Coronavirus live news: Cyprus lockdown begins; growing frustration in Germany at slow vaccine rollout



Lockdown comes after explosion in cases across Cyprus; scarce supply, red tape and lack of staff hampering German inoculationsUK doctors raise alarm as Covid strikes down workforceBrazilian Covid sleuth shames party people as deaths pass 200,000Ireland has contained South African variant, say health officials‘South Africa is going to get a third wave, even a fourth’Vaccine explainer: when will things go back to normal? 1.57pm GMT Healthcare workers in Madrid have gone to extreme lengths – some walking for hours – to relieve their exhausted colleagues as Spain grapples with the double whammy of a deadly storm and the coronavirus pandemic.Storm Filomena hit Spain on Friday, blanketing large parts of the country in snow and bringing Madrid to a standstill as the city saw its heaviest snowfall in 50 years. Across the country the storm claimed at least four lives, affected around 20,000km of roads and left thousands trapped in their cars for as many as 12 hours without food and water. Related: Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm 1.53pm GMT An intensive care doctor has pointed out that in the UK hospital admissions are still rising beyond what the country saw in the first wave of infections, adding that “staying power” is the superhero skill the NHS needs more. He writes:NHS hospital admissions came and went in 4-6 weeks, briefly peaking at 3000 patients/day. The second wave has lasted for 12 weeks so far, has passed 4000 patients/day, and is STILL rising. Staying power is the superhero skill we need most.My biggest pandemic anxiety is uncertainty. We’re franticly planning for an uncertain situation. The NHS is not used to doing this, not at this speed. What I most want to know is how high this second wave will get. Feels even a bad answer would be better than uncertainty. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/5sAFWqSoCMAlso worth noting the first wave of NHS hospital admissions came and went in 4-6 weeks, briefly peaking at 3000 patients/day. The second wave has lasted for 12 weeks so far, has passed 4000 patients/day, and is STILL rising. Staying power is the superhero skill we need most. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/drVgfWnRWp Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2021-01-10 13:57:04

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