UK Reintroduces Face Masks At Suffolk, Essex Hospitals

In the United Kingdom, a trust has revealed that face masks are being reintroduced at the moment for visitors to hospitals due to rising COVID-19 cases in patients.

Africa Today News, New York reports that East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs hospitals in Ipswich and Colchester, have brought in the new rules effective from Thursday.

Bt this new directive, visitors must wear surgical face masks and not fabric face coverings.

Masks will be made available in dispensers at all main hospital entrances, the trust said.

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The policy is also being applied to Aldeburgh Hospital, Felixstowe Hospital, Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich, Clacton Hospital and Fryatt Hospital in Harwich. It covers all general adult wards, including maternity and children’s wards. The hospital trust said it had found an increasing number of patients with COVID-19

Giles Thorpe, the trust’s chief nurse and director of infection prevention and control, said: ‘We appreciate face masks are no longer required in many areas of our day-to-day lives, but our hospitals are not the same as a supermarket or a restaurant.

‘Many of our patients are already extremely unwell and could be at higher risk of serious illness if they pick up COVID-19.

‘Sadly we have seen an increase in the number of patients who have COVID-19, so we are having to enhance infection prevention and control measures in our wards and departments.’

In another report, the President of the United States, Joe Biden has declared the pandemic ‘over’ in the North American country, even as the number of Americans who have died as a result of COVID-19 stays on a steady rise.

According to .0.0Mr. Biden said that while ‘we still have a problem’, the situation is rapidly improving.

Statistics show that over 400 Americans on average are dying from the virus each day.

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has last week stated that the end of the pandemic is “in sight”.

In an interview with 60 Minutes on CBS, Mr Biden said that the US is still doing ‘a lot of work’ to control the virus.

Africa Today News, New York

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