Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove outlined how the British Government intends to step up their measures against coronavirus. During the Saturday briefing, Mr Gove also asked Britons to remain indoors and not be tempted to go out over the weekend. He said: “I want to now outline how we are increasing NHS capacity.
“Yesterday we were grateful to his royal highness Prince Charles, himself recently recovered from coronavirus, for opening the brand new nightingale hospital in east London.
“The hospital is a testament to brilliant teamwork and determined leadership from the NHS.
“Two weeks of hard work has transformed a convention hall into a fully functioning field hospital.
“It can treat 500 COVID-19 patients on ventilators or through oxygenation.
“New nightingale hospitals are due to be built in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Harrogate and Manchester.”
Mr Gove then addressed the concerns that the Midlands has become a hot spot for coronavirus over the past weeks.
He said: “Given that we know that the Midlands are a particular area of concern the NHS and the military are accelerating their work.
“They will transform the national exhibition centre in Birmingham into a 2000 bed nightingale hospital.
“I have spoken to the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street earlier today and he is doing all that he can with the NHS to accelerate that work.”
During his address, Mr Gove also pleaded with Britons to stay indoors over the weekend and the foreseeable future to help the NHS in their battle against the virus.
He said: “We can best honour those that have died by staying at home and slowing the spread.
“Seven healthcare professionals have now lost their lives to COVID-19 and we offer our heartfelt condolences to their grieving families.”
He continued: “You must stay at home.
“This is to protect the NHS and to save lives.
“Whatever the temptations this weekend, please do not go outside to visit the lakes, the beaches, the countryside.
“Take pride instead in keeping your own families and communities safe.
“The more we restrict contact, the more we slow the spread of the infection the more time we have to build capacity in the NHS.”