Two young intensive care nurses shared a solemn selfie when a Covid ward in Manchester was empty for the first time in months.
NHS nurse Hattie Nicholls posted the photo on social media to mark Manchester Royal Infirmary’s intensive care unit as Covid-free.
She posed for a selfie with a colleague in front of a row of empty hospital beds and said the couple had big smiles under their face masks.
The hospital is part of the University of Manchester’s NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s hardest hit trusts at the height of the second wave.
All four hospitals, including the Royal Infirmary, had 54 patients in intensive care at the end of January. Latest figures show it was 18 as of April 6, although that is believed to have decreased even further in the past three weeks.
Manchester was also the country’s capital in Covid last fall when the virus began to re-emerge in the northwest.
It’s not clear when the Manchester Royal Infirmary ICU was last Covid-free as NHS statistics only cover entire trusts. However, an interruption in transmission last summer meant the majority of hospitals were only treating a handful of infected patients.
NHS nurse Hattie Nicholls (left) posted the photo on social media today to celebrate that Manchester Royal Infirmary’s intensive care unit is Covid-free. She posed for a selfie with a colleague in front of a row of empty hospital beds and said the couple had big smiles under their face masks
The newly trained nurse regularly publishes information on the fight against the coronavirus on social media
British respondents who responded to the photo referred to the par as “national treasures”.
Ms. Nicholls, believed to be in her early twenties, tweeted, “The Manchester Royal Covid Intensive Care Unit is empty. Big smile under the masks. ‘
The newly trained nurse regularly publishes information on the fight against the coronavirus on social media.
People over 40 should book jabs TODAY
In a huge boom for the nation, vaccines for those over 30 are expected to begin within 14 days, while 40-year-olds will be invited to their thrusts starting today as the number of people suffering from Covid falls to its lowest level since the pandemic began .
Starting today, anyone in England aged 40 or over can book a vaccination. This is set to be extended on May 10, when people ages 35 to 39 are likely to be called up for their first thrusts.
A total of 48 million shocks were administered across the UK, including 14 million second doses.
In more good news, Boris Johnson is told that social distancing can be removed at major outdoor events starting June 21, paving the way for large crowds to return.
Scientists monitoring the impact of fans returning to the FA Cup Semi-Finals, Carabao Cup Finals, and World Snooker Championships have not seen an increase in participants.
This means that they will inform the Prime Minister next week that the crowd can safely return in June without social distance – provided measures such as staggering entries and good ventilation are in place.
It’s more good news as the fight against the virus continues. The latest data shows that there are only 757 symptomatic cases per day in England and the likelihood of infection for those who had both bumps is as low as one in 150,000.
Meanwhile, a report from Public Health England found that infections in those over 80 had dropped to their lowest level in history. In addition, hospital stays and cases continue to decline in all regions of the country.
British respondents to the photo described the couple as “national treasures”.
One replied, ‘Great news. Thank you to the staff for your hard work and selfless dedication in getting to this point. We non-medicals can only guess what you went through. ‘
Another replied, ‘Absolutely fantastic news. Heroes, each and every one of you. They are all our national treasures. ‘
A third said, “What a sight. Well done for you and all employees. Hope you get some relief from the pressures and stresses you have all been through. ‘
The vaccination program, which will be introduced in England for over 40 years from today, has tremendously stopped the wave of Covid patients ending up in hospitals.
There are currently 1,553 patients in hospital with Covid, the lowest in seven months and a decrease of 39,000 in January.
And there have been fewer than 600 deaths within 28 days of a positive test recorded so far in April. That compares to more than 30,000 deaths after contracting Covid in January.
This means there are around 22 million people in parts of the UK who have not had a single Covid-related death in the last month.
Covid infections are lowest since September, according to NHS Test and Trace.
Latest figures show an additional 462,000 seconds and 134,000 first vaccine doses were spent on Wednesday.
In total, 48 million shocks were delivered across the UK, including 14 million seconds.
A fifth of Britons admitted they will feel angry if they don’t get a Covid bump before their summer vacation.
They fear this could ruin their plans as controversial vaccine passports will play a key role in deciding who will and will not travel overseas later this summer.
A poll of nearly 5,000 adults in the UK found that 18 percent would resent those who were bumped if they didn’t get one.
Middle-class earners are more likely to feel that way. 24 percent say they have bad feelings.
The government aims to offer a vaccine to all adults in the UK by the end of July. The program opens today in England to those over 40.
When the rollout started in December, there was widespread support for vaccinating the elderly and the most vulnerable.
But there is a growing feeling that those who can prove they have been bumped are given more freedoms than unvaccinated people.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps announced earlier this week that the NHS Covid App is being converted into vaccine certification.