COVID 19: Over 20 NHS trusts declare critical incident amid Omicron surge

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More than 20 NHS trusts have now declared a critical incident as the number of people in hospital with COVID hits the highest level since last February, amid rising pressure on health services from the surge in Omicron cases.

It comes as Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, which represents trusts, warned coronavirus hospitalisations were “rapidly increasing outside London”.

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