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UK entering 'worst point' of coronavirus pandemic as cases rise and bodies pile up

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The United Kingdom is entering its most challenging weeks since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

In the future we will have the vaccine, but the numbers at the moment are higher than they were in the previous peak — by some distance," England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty told the BBC, adding that he expects the next few weeks to be the "most dangerous time. "

Whitty told the BBC on Monday that there were currently more than 30,000 patients in hospital, compared to 18,000 during the first peak of the virus in the UK in April.

Whitty's intervention comes as the number of daily deaths in the UK remain very high, a point grimly illustrated by the fact that in one county in southern England, bodies are being stored at a temporary facility as morgues there are at capacity.

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