New pictures have been released from inside the enormous temporary hospital being built in London to fight coronavirus.

 

Rows upon rows of cubicles hastily being erected at London’s Excel centre reveal the expected scale of the explosion in numbers of coronavirus patients.

Efforts are being ramped up to ensure the NHS Nightingale Hospital can open next week.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock – who on Friday confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19 – had announced the procurement of the Excel centre, which is expected to be able to hold 4,000 patients.

It is being set up with the help of the military, and initially 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen will be used to treat the seriously ill, and their numbers are expected to swell in the capital ahead of the rest of the nation.

It comes as NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens confirmed Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre and Manchester’s Central Convention Centre are set to be converted into temporary hospitals too.

The task of boosting critical care capacity has been under way since the health service declared an emergency at the end of January.

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