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London hospitals cope with continuous tsunami of coronavirus cases

Hospitals in London Britain s COVID-19 hotspot with over 3,000 of the country s 9,529 confirmed cases - are witnessing wave after wave of seriously ill coronavirus patients, a senior official from the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) said on Thursday as the UK entered day three of its lockdown to curb the pandemic. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers the representative body for hospital chiefs, said that they have been getting reports that the rate at which hospital beds are being filled out is extremely alarming even as their staffing levels are dropping as a result of the infection. They talk about wave after wave after wave. The words that are used to me are that it s a continuous tsunami. As one said to me, it s much bigger and large numbers with a greater degree of stretch than you can ever have possibly imagined, Hopson told the BBC. They are struggling with the explosion of demand in seriously ill patients. They are saying it s the number arriving and

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