Covid UK news LIVE – Best case scenario is London OVERWHELMED by coronavirus in 2 weeks, NHS warns ahead of Boris speech

A BEST-case scenario is that London’s hospitals will be overwhelmed by covid patients within two weeks, the NHS has warned.

In a stark message, Vin Diwakar – Medical director at NHS London – said 2,000 extra beds would be needed in the capital even if the Nightingale hospital opens as the current case-load is simply too high to cope.

The news comes ahead of a Boris Johnson No.10 press conference this evening where he plans to update the nation on the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout programme.

Medics have been told to prioritise on getting the vaccine to as many Brits as possible to meet the Government’s ambitious target of delivering 13million jabs to the most vulnerable by mid-February.

The UK recorded a grim milestone yesterday as coronavirus deaths topped 1,000 for the first time since April and cases jumped by 62,322 in the highest daily rise ever for the second day running.

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