LONDON/ISTANBUL — A supply of protecting tools for British well being staff that was due on Sunday from Turkey has been delayed, a British authorities official stated, as medics on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak more and more report shortages of drugs.
Ministers had on Saturday highlighted an 84-tonne consignment that was attributable to arrive from Turkey containing private protecting gear (PPE), together with 400,000 protecting robes.
A British overseas workplace spokesperson cited “clearance and paperwork” for the delay, first reported by Sky Information.
“It isn’t fairly prepared but,” the official mentioned, including that they had been “working to get this delivered as quickly as attainable”.
With hospitals beneath pressure, well being employees have criticised the federal government’s recommendation that PPE worn whereas treating sufferers contaminated with coronavirus may very well be re-used, as provides run low throughout the nation.
Helena McKeown, chair of the British Medical Affiliation which represents medical doctors, informed Sky Information the delay could be “devastating” information for well being professionals.
Britain is at or close to the height of a well being disaster through which greater than 15,000 individuals have died in hospitals alone – the fifth highest nationwide demise toll of a pandemic linked to at the least 150,000 deaths worldwide.
The true toll is more likely to be considerably larger as information on deaths locally, akin to in care houses, takes for much longer to trickle in.