İrem GÖL -TDO- UK government accepted some personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns and masks are running out. The government also promised bulk supply would be delivered to the country soon, including the 400,000 gowns due to be arrived in the UK from Turkey on Sunday. Earlier, the UK’s largest union states that NHS workers may refuse to work if there is not enough PPE to ensure their safety. The statement came as a response to the new guidance published by the Public Health England, which requires the healthcare workers to reuse single-use PPEs. In the current situation, the NHS staff is using around 150,000 gowns a day.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick said: “Supply in some areas, particularly gowns and certain types of masks and aprons, is in short supply at the moment and that has been an extremely anxious time for people working on the frontline, but they should be assured that we are doing everything we can to correct this issue, and to get them the equipment that they need.”
In the last 24 hours, the UK hospital death toll rose by 888 to 15,464 in total. There have been 5,525 new confirmed coronavirus cases which raised the total number to 114,217. More than 50 frontline healthcare workers have died of coronavirus so far in the UK.