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Most people in intensive care here now have Covid - how our hospitals face their ‘worst crisis’ of the pandemic

direct to your inboxCovid patients now make up two thirds of people in our critical care beds as the region’s health lead warns Greater Manchester faces its ‘worst crisis’ since the pandemic began.Fears are also growing that people with other life-threatening illnesses are now staying away from A&E, in echoes of the first wave.But priority operations, including cancer, are continuing to be postponed as the region tracks close to its ‘worst case scenario’ for bed occupancy and attempts to manage scarce critical care beds.Sir Richard Leese, political lead on health for Greater Manchester, has warned that any results of New Year’s Eve mixing are also yet to be felt on the system - adding that when the peak does arrive for hospitals here it..

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