NHS waiting list in England could soar to 14 million as staffing and pay issues persist

Support us and go ad-free The NHS waiting list in England could rise to 14 million by autumn 2022 and keep increasing, a new report warns. Millions of patients didn’t receive care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic due to overwhelmed health services. If they return for medical attention, then the number joining the waiting list …
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“An Apocalyptic Situation”: Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: India is in a state of crisis as COVID cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. India recorded 315,000 new cases Thursday, the highest daily toll of any country since the start of the pandemic. India also recorded 2,100 …
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Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval

Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor …
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COVID Deaths Soar in Brazil as Bolsonaro Blasts Lockdowns. Experts Warn It Will “Get Worse.”

Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has now topped nearly 260,000, the world’s second worst after the United States, as hospitals are overwhelmed with new cases. International concern is also growing about the P1 variant of the virus, which overwhelmed the Amazonian city of Manaus and caused its hospitals to run out of oxygen. Less than 4% …
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Campaigners criticise ‘broken privatised system’ as rail fares soar

Rail fares have increased above inflation, leading campaigners to criticise the rise and call for nationalisation. Fares rose by 2.6% in England and Wales on 1 March. This is the first time since 2013 that prices have risen above inflation. Critics have said the rise will make rail travel less accessible and undermine greener transport …
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Latinx COVID Deaths Soar 1,000% in Los Angeles as Communities of Color Lag Behind in Vaccine Rollout

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Black and Latinx people in the United States have died at higher rates, and new data shows that they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates than white people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 60% of those vaccinated were white, while just 11.5% were Latinx, 6% …
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Inequality Virus: Pandemic Widens Wealth Gap for Women, People of Color as Billionaire Profits Soar

As the wealth of U.S. billionaires soars by over a trillion dollars during the pandemic, Oxfam is warning COVID-19 could lead to the biggest increase in global inequality on record. A new Oxfam report finds it could take more than a decade for poor people to recover from the health and economic crisis, and urges …
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As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Over 1,700 people died from COVID Tuesday in the United States. It’s the deadliest day of the pandemic in at least six months. As public health officials across the country brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday and …
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More than half of schools in Hull have seen class closures as infections soar

More than half of schools in Hull have seen coronavirus (Covid-19) related closures as the city’s infection rates continue to be the worst in England. Hull’s director of public health Julia Weldon said 57 of the city’s 97 schools have seen closures in some year groups but only one primary school had been completely closed …
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Serco profits soar while Test and Trace reaches lowest ever proportion of contacts

The NHS Test and Trace system has reached the lowest ever proportion of contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in England. Four in 10 close contacts of people who tested positive are still not being reached by the system, at the same time as it recorded its highest weekly number of positive …
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