LONDON: The British Prime Minster called a meeting of his ministers, medical officials and representatives of all the emergency services on Saturday. This meeting was aimed to decide how the country should handle the new round of infections that is overloading the medical facilities in China.
While the government called it "bringing together the best minds from the health and care sectors to help share knowledge and practical solutions," while the opposition called it a "talking shop". They mentioned that no immediate solution exists for the chronic problem with the National Health Service in the country.
The health system in the country is already overloaded since the surge in covid cases in the previous cases. Overloading of hospitals, staff and material shortages and shortage of emergency beds because of the lack of post-discharge care facilities remain to be a headache in the country.
The National Health Service in the country has been running since 1948. Funded by the taxes collected by the government, it aims at free healthcare to all citizens. But the recent fund crunches have led to non-payment of dues to several service people in the health sector, causing them to go on a strike. Representatives of the health care workers will also meet the administration in an attempt to end this strike.
Germany also stepped up its awareness measures in fear of another outbreak and put out an advisory. "We currently discourage non-essential trips to China. The reason is a peak in Covid infections and an overwhelmed health system," mentioned the German foreign ministry over Twitter.
While the country of Japan reported another record-high number of Covid related deaths for a single day on Friday, France is looking into revamping its medical facilities amidst the rise of Covid cases.
India has also reported a rise in positive cases, but that number is still very much under control.