5 votes UK has enough intensive care units for coronavirus, expert predicts Posted March 27 by skybrian Tags: coronaviruses.covid19, united kingdom, hospitals, intensive care, healthcare https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238578-uk-has-enough-intensive-care-units-for-coronavirus-expert-predicts/ Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors David Adam Word count 609 words 1 comment Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK skybrian (OP) March 27 Link From the article: [...] From the article: Neil Ferguson at Imperial College London gave evidence today to the UK’s parliamentary select committee on science and technology as part of an inquiry into the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. He said that expected increases in National Health Service capacity and ongoing restrictions to people’s movements make him “reasonably confident” the health service can cope when the predicted peak of the epidemic arrives in two or three weeks. UK deaths from the disease are now unlikely to exceed 20,000, he said, and could be much lower. [...] The UK government is aiming to relax restrictions on people’s movements only when the country has the ability to test more people for the virus, said Ferguson. Some have criticised the UK for not following the advice of the World Health Organization to “test, test, test”. But Ferguson said community testing and contact tracing wasn’t included as a possible strategy in the original modelling because not enough tests were available. He said the UK should have the testing capacity “within a few weeks” to copy what South Korea has done and aggressively test and trace the general population.